Since the hiring of Eric Musselman, the recruiting trail has taken the headlines for the first 15 days under the new head basketball coach. Fans want to see the energy be recaptured from the glory days as this fan base is one of the more passionate ones in the country.
What Razorback fans have seen so far is the utilization of all parts of recruiting that his been heavily visible the past two weeks of the new era. We have seen the new head hog on the heels of landing a five star combo guard, a power forward and a couple of swing forwards out of the transfer portal hoping to blend the talent at hand with a couple more quality players in order to make a run in the NCAA Tournament fairly quick. This would be a welcome sight as the Razorbacks have only been to the NCAA Tournament six times since the firing of former national championship winning coach, Nolan Richardson.
As for recruiting, Musselman was not subpar as he landed Nevada their first McDonald’s All-American in school history but also excelled in bringing quality transfers into the program. After only winning nine games before taking Musselman took over the Wolfpack’s hardwood team, Musselman won the 2016 CBI Tournament, three NCAA tournament appearances and a Sweet 16. The latter is what Athletic Director, Hunter Yurachek hopes to see with the new hire.
Arkansas already has a commit from one transfer in UNC-Wilmington’s, Jeantal Cylla. Other transfers the Razorbacks have expressed interest in are Khadim Sy (6’10 forward) out of Daytona State College, Cincinnati transfer Nysier Brooks (6’11 forward), Salt Lake CC freshman PG Cam Mack, Villanova’s Jahvon Quinerly (6’1 guard).
Another name to keep a tab on is Phoenix, Arizona five star guard, Kyree Walker. According to 247sports, Walker is the 19th ranked player in the country and has a 67% chance to land at Arkansas. Top schools are Arkansas, Memphis, Kansas, Arizona and Arizona State.
Recruiting in the Natural State will continue to be very good with 2020 recruits Moses Moody, Chris Moore, Davonte Davis, Gerald Doakes and Jaylin Williams all being elite prospects in the next class.