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2022 Arkansas basketball off-season update

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Projected Starters:
G:Anthony Black (Freshman)
The 6’7 lead guard can score, pass, and defend at a high level. He gives Arkansas the size they have had in past years under Coach Musselman on the perimeter, defending some of the top teams in America.
G:Nick Smith (Freshman)
The highest ranked Arkansas signee in the modern recruiting era is a phenomenal ball primarily as an off the ball guard who has the ability to lead Arkansas to the Final Four.
G:Davonte Davis (Junior) (Maybe Trevon Brazile or Ricky Council IV here)
Devo’s experience and ability to score and play tough defense will be necessary with all of the new young talent in Fayetteville.
F:Jordan Walsh (Freshman)
Walsh is an über athletic forward with guard skills that can absolutely out athletic any other forward on opposing teams.
F/C:Makhel Mitchell (Junior)
The transfer from Rhode Island is set to replace Jaylin Williams, who headed off to the NBA after two years in Fayetteville. Mitchell is an imposing presence at 6’10 and 245 pounds. He averaged over two blocks a game at Rhode Island and just an overall phenomenal interior defender and will be more of an inside offensive presence than Williams.

Bench
Jalen Graham, Senior, (Forward)
Makhi Mitchell, Junior, (Forward)
Trevon Brazile, Sophomore, (Forward)
Ricky Council, Sophomore, (Guard)
Derrian Ford, Freshman, (Guard)
Barry Dunning, Freshman, (Forward)
Joseph Pinion, Freshman, (Guard/Forward)

2022 Class (per 247sports composite)
6.Nick Smith (#2CG) North Little Rock,AR (North Little Rock)
18.Jordan Walsh (#5SF) DeSoto,TX (Link Academy)
22.Anthony Black (#3PG) Ducanville,TX (Duncanville)
57.Derrian Ford (#11CG) Magnolia,AR (Magnolia)
85.Barry Dunning (#21SF) Mobile,AL (McGill Toolen)
88.Joseph Pinion (#23SF) Morrilton,AR (Morrilton)

Transfer Additions
Jalen Graham, Senior, (Forward) Old School: Arizona State
Makhi Mitchell, Junior, (Forward) Old School: Rhode Island
Makhel Mitchell, Junior, (Forward) Old School: Rhode Island
Trevon Brazile, Sophomore, (Forward) Old School: Missouri
Ricky Council, Sophomore, (Guard) Old School: Wichita State

Transfers Out:
Chance Moore, Sophomore (Guard/Forward) New School: Missouri State
KK Robinson, Junior (Guard) New School: Texas A&M
Connor Vanover, Senior (Center) New School: Oral Roberts
Jaxson Robinson, Junior (Guard) New School: BYU

Games already scheduled for this upcoming season (2022-2023):
11/21-11/23 2022 Maui Jim Maui Invitational (Lahaina) (The hogs’ first match-up in Maui should be announced soon)
12/10 Oklahoma (Tulsa)
12/17 TBA (North Little Rock)
1/28 at.Baylor (Big 12/SEC Challenge)

Other News:
One of Arkansas’ leaders and all-around best players, Forward/Center Jaylin Williams officially kept his name in and declared for the 2022 NBA Draft back on May 28. He was selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder with the 34th pick in the draft. He was an All-SEC and All-SEC Defensive Team member last season in Fayetteville.

Arkansas has landed its first pledge in the 2023 class. This past Saturday, highly touted Little Rock native Layden Blocker committed to Arkansas. The guard, who now plays for high school basketball power Sunrise Christian in Kansas, is ranked number 29 and the number five point guard by the 247sports composite.


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