Written by Michael Florek
Unsigned Carter forward Vicktor Arnick earns All-Star Game MVP, guides Dallas past Tarrant County
Wednesday night’s Dallas vs. Tarrant County boys basketball All-Star Game at Ellis Davis Field House featured a number of seniors already signed to play Division I basketball. Carter’s Vicktor Arnick wasn’t one of them.
Yet, at the end of the game he was one of the most popular guys in the building.
Arnick scored 27 points and was named the game’s most valuable player as Dallas beat Tarrant County, 95-83.
“These guys are signed seniors,” Arnick said. “I kind of wanted to show them I’ve got some skills, too, just like you guys that signed.”
In a five minute span in the second half, Arnick scored 12 of his team’s 16 points. The stretch delighted his personal cheering section — consisting of his mother, aunt, and cousins — which took up the first couple of rows near the corner of the court.
Afterward, Arnick posed for pictures, and some of his cheering section, chanted “M-V-P.” He also chatted with a few coaches from small colleges.
“It’s not surprising to me,” Madison coach Damien Mobley said of Arnick still being uncommitted. “I think a lot of the Dallas ISD kids are being under-recruited.”
Mobley, who coached the Dallas County team, said a lack of commitment from the previous recruits — going to a school and then transferring after not playing right away — and some kids passing on offers in hopes of attracting a bigger-name school has led to the trend.
But Arnick may not be uncommitted for long. He’s been talking to a number of schools. Southern and UT-Arlington are favorites. He visited Southern last weekend and plans to visit UTA this weekend.
As for when he’ll make a commitment, why rush now?