Southern Idaho Junior College sophomore Craig Tyson, The Baltimore Sun's 1989 basketball player of the year, signed a national letter of intent with Arkansas yesterday, his junior college coach said. He will join Dunbar point guard Michael Lloyd, who also has signed with the Razorbacks.
Tyson, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard who attended Southern High, was selected as a junior college All-American last season after teaming with Southern graduates David Cason and Adam Johnson to lead the Golden Eagles to a 34-4 record and a third-place finish in the national junior college tournament. Tyson averaged 18.1 points and 7.2 rebounds in 26 minutes per game.
"Arkansas is getting a player who will run, jump and play hard," said Southern Idaho coach Fred Trenkle. "I think he's capable of being a Division I student, and I know he can be a Division I player."
Tyson still must complete 11 hours this summer to get his degree from Southern Idaho, which would give him two years of eligibility at Arkansas. Without the degree, Tyson would have to sit out one season at Arkansas and then would have one season of eligibility remaining.
Arkansas would be Tyson's sixth school since leaving Southern. He signed with North Carolina State, but attended Community College of Baltimore for one semester before spending a semester at N.C. State. He also spent a semester at Hagerstown Junior College and a summer session at Alvin (Texas) College before going to Southern Idaho. Before Southern Idaho, Tyson had played only during one semester at Hagerstown.