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#13 Sonny Weems
Position: G/F
Height: 6'6"
Weight: 201
Year: Junior
Hometown: West Memphis, Ark.
Other College: UA-Fort Smith
Experience: Junior College
# 13 Sonny Weems
Courtesy: Razorback Media Relations
Release: 10/15/2007

2007-08 Preview:

    A two-time all-tournament selection last year, Weems will be counted on for scoring, rebounding and defense again this year. He started 32 of 35 games in 2007 and should hold down the starting wing spot again this year. He missed one week of practice and the two exhibition games in Cancun over Labor Day weekend with a broken left hand.



    Listed as the No. 1 junior college transfer in the nation by CollegeHoops.net, Weems was solid in his first season with averages of 11.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.3 steals while shooting 48.5 percent from the floor (161-332) and 72.9 percent at the line (51-70). He was second on the team in scoring, rebounding and steals, and third in assists, field goal percentage, free-throw percentage and three-point percentage (.361, 39-108).

    He was named to the Old Spice Classic and Southeastern Conference all-tournament teams. He helped Arkansas win the Old Spice Classic by averaging a team-high 12.7 points along with 5.3 rebounds in three games. He had a game-high 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting in the title game win over West Virginia. Weems helped the Razorbacks reach the finals of the SEC Tournament with averages of 15.0 points and 5.3 rebounds.

    In 21 games against post-season tournament teams, he averaged 13.0 points and 4.8 boards while shooting 51.4 percent from the field (110-214). In nine neutral site games, he led the team with 12.8 points and was second with 5.0 rebounds. He averaged 13.7 points and 4.6 rebounds while shooting 53.6 percent (37-69) in seven games against ranked teams. In six games in March, he averaged a team-high 13.3 points along with 5.0 rebounds, and shot 50.8 percent from the floor (30-59) and 85.7 percent at the line (12-14).

    He led the team in scoring and rebounding six times each. He was in double figures scoring 23 times and in rebounding twice.

    In his debut against Southeast Missouri (11/10), he had 12 points, three rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocked shots. He had a huge game against Stephen F. Austin (11/18), recording a double-double with game highs of 24 points and 11 rebounds, and added four assists, two blocked shots and two steals.

    In the win over Southern Illinois in the Old Spice Classic (11/23), he was just 1-of-9 shooting, but 5-of-6 at the line, finishing with seven points and three steals. He also played solid defense on Jamal Tatum, who was scoreless in overtime. In the semifinal win over Marist (11/24), he was 5-of-10 from the floor, finishing with a double-double of 12 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. He had a game-high 19 points in the championship game victory over West Virginia (11/26).

    At Missouri (11/30), he was 5-of-8 shooting, finishing with 11 points and four rebounds. At Texas (12/20), he had 15 points and four rebounds.

    He was 9-of-11 shooting against Oral Roberts (12/22), finishing with 18 points, three rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot. Against Tulsa (1/2), he was 4-of-4 on threes in the second half, and finished with 14 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals.

    In the win over No. 8 Alabama (1/6), he had 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting. At No. 2 Florida (1/9), Weems was 5-of-10 shooting, finishing with 13 points and three rebounds. He suffered a crack in his nose at Florida, missed a day of practice and was fitted for a mask, which he wore at Ole Miss (1/13) when he had eight points, five rebounds and two blocked shots.

    In the win over No. 16 LSU (1/20), he was 4-of-9 shooting, but 4-of-7 on threes, and had 13 points, five rebounds and three assists with no turnovers in 38 minutes. At South Carolina (1/24), he had 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting, eight rebounds, two assists and three steals, but he also turned the ball over five times.

    In the win at No. 12 Alabama (1/27), Weems made 7-of-14 shots, finishing with 16 points and nine rebounds, including six offensive boards. Against No. 24 Kentucky (2/3), Weems had 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting, including 2-of-3 on threes, five rebounds and three assists.

    He made just 1-of-7 shots for two points against Auburn (2/7), but he had a game-high nine assists along with five rebounds and three steals. In the win over Ole Miss (2/17), he was 8-of-16 shooting, finishing with 19 points, five rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots. Against Tennessee (2/24), he was 9-of-15 shooting, and had a team-high 18 points along with seven rebounds, two steals, an assist and a blocked shot.

    Against South Carolina in the SEC Tournament opener (3/8), he had 10 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals, and helped limit Tre’ Kelley to 11 points on 4-of-14 shooting. In the quarterfinals against Vanderbilt (3/9), he was 7-of-13 from the floor, including 3-of-6 on threes, for 17 points along with a game-high tying nine rebounds. In the semifinal against Mississippi State (3/10), he made 6-of-11 shots and 5-of-6 free throws, finishing with a game-high tying 18 points along with four rebounds and three assists. He had 15 points and four rebounds in the championship game against Florida (3/11), and was named to the all-tournament team.

    In the NCAA Tournament against Southern California (3/16), he had 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting, four rebounds, two assists, one steal and a blocked shot.


At UA-Fort Smith:

    Weems helped lead UA-Fort Smith to the National Junior College Athletic Association national championship in 2006. The No. 1 junior college player in the nation according to Juco Junction (Rivals.com) and Street & Smith’s, he averaged 15.7 points as a sophomore. UAFS went 33-3, and won the Bi-State Conference East Division title and the NJCAA Region II championship on the way to winning the national crown. An honorable mention All-American by the NJCAA, he averaged 14.0 points in the national tournament, including a 22-point outing in the 75-71 semifinal victory over Highland College. Weems was also named to the national tournament all-tournament team.

    As a freshman, he earned third-team All-America honors after averaging 17.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 steals. He also earned all-conference and all-region honors as UAFS went 29-4 with a Bi-State Conference East Division title and a second-place finish in the Region II tournament.

    Weems signed with the Hogs after also considering Tennessee, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Memphis, among others.


In High School:

    As a senior at West Memphis High School, he was first-team all-state, all-conference and the West Memphis Evening Times Player of the Year after averaging 14.6 points and 14.0 rebounds for Coach Larry Bray. His senior team was 27-2, won its final 26 games and claimed the 5A state championship. He also averaged 20.1 points as a sophomore on a 19-2 team and 23.2 as a junior on a 22-6 squad.

    He also played football in high school and in track high-jumped 6-10.



    Born July 8, 1986, his parents are Darrel and Sherry Levy. He is majoring in physical education.



Points:                     24, SFA (11/18)

FG Attempts:          16, OM (2/17)

FG Made:                9, ORU (12/22), Tenn (2/24)

3 Pt FGA:                7, LSU (1/20), OM (2/17)

3 Pt FGM:               4, LSU (1/20/07), Tulsa (1/2)

FT Attempts:           6, SIU (11/23), MSU (3/10), Fla (3/11)

FT Made:                  5, SFA (11/18), SIU (11/23), MSU (3/10),

                                 Fla (3/11)

Off. Rebounds:       7, SFA (11/18)

Def. Rebounds:       9, MC (11/24)

Total Rebounds:     13, MC (11/24)

Assists:                    9, Aub (2/7)

Steals:                     4, LTU (12/30)

Blocks:                    2, SEMO (11/10), SFA (11/18), OM (1/13),

                                OM (2/17)

Minutes:                 39, SIU (11/23)




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