By Kevin McPherson
LITTLE ROCK — Following what seemed like a flood of college-transfer visitors — a total of seven converging on Fayetteville in a span of five weeks from late April to late May that resulted in a five-veteran-player haul for Arkansas that likely closes out the Hogs’ 2019 recruiting class — it now appears as though head coach Eric Musselman is ready to turn the page to host high school visitors for future classes.
The next expected Arkansas visitor is 2020 Che Evans (6-6 wing / small forward, Neumann-Goretti High School in Philadelphia, national No. 77 / 4-star prospect according to Rivals.com), who on Saturday reaffirmed his plans to be on campus June 8-9.
Evans recently said his interest level in Arkansas is “high“ and that he’s “excited“ about his upcoming trip to Fayetteville.
“This visit will determine a lot and I’m excited for it!“ he said.
Evans picked up his Arkansas offer on May 8. He and his 17U Team Melo squad played Arkansas-based 17U Woodz Elite at the Nike EYBL session in Atlanta in late April with Arkansas coaches in attendance. He finished with 10 points and 2 rebounds in that game.
Evans reportedly holds offer from Texas Tech, UCLA, Florida, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Georgetown, St. John’s, Kansas State, Georgia Tech, TCU, Oregon State, Boise State, and others. He may be down to a final three of Arkansas, Oregon State, and Boise State (where he visited in November).
Evans, who was invited but did not participate in the prestigious Pangos All American Camp over the weekend, has a sturdy frame and displays a multitude of perimeter shooting / scoring skill in his offensive arsenal.
With the Class of 2020 early signing period less than six months away (mid-November 2019), expect the Razorbacks to host multiple 2020 prospects in the coming weeks and months.
Arkansas offers another 2020 5-star prospect: Add 2020 Cameron Thomas (6-3, shooting guard, Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, 17U Boo Williams on Nike EYBL circuit, composite national No. 21 / 5-star prospect according to 247Sports.com) to Arkansas’s large list of 5-star offers in the 2020 class. Thomas was the leading scorer at the Nike EYBL session in Dallas (May 24-26), averaging 32.6 points (including two 40-plus-point games), 4.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.2 steals through five games. Thomas — his lead recruiter ar Arkansas is associate head coach Chris Crutchfield — reportedly also holds offers from LSU, Miami, Oklahoma, Florida, North Carolina State, Oregon, Virginia Tech, Waker Forest, Connecticut, Penn State, and others.
Trio of 2021 Hog offers from Oklahoma looking to visit Arkansas in the near future: Team Griffin 16U hoopers Trey Alexander (6-5 combo guard, Heritage Hall in Oklahoma, composite national No. 33 / 4-star prospect), Jaxson Robinson (6-6 wing, Ada, OK, national No. 36 / 4-star prospect according to 247Sports.com), and Daimion Collins (6-9 forward / center, Atlanta, TX, national No. 43 / 4-star prospect according to 247Sports.com) — each holds a Hog offer — plus Arkansas interests and Team Griffin 16U teammates KJ Adams (6-6 combo forward, St. Andrews Episcopal School in Austin, TX, composite national No. 28 / 4-star) and Bijan Cortes (6-2 point guard, Kingfisher, OK) all could be visiting Arkansas soon.
“Yes sir, we will,“ Alexander confirmed when asked if an Arkansas visit was upcoming. “I have no idea (when) but we are going as a team.
Arkansas associate head coach Chris Crutchfield is at the center of the Hogs’ efforts to recruit the highly regarded 16U Team Griffin squad, which finished second at the Nike E16 tournament (May 24-26) in Dallas. Both Alexander and Robinson recently confirmed invitations to the prestigious Nike Elite 100 Camp that will be held in June.
Arkansas recruiting highly regarded shooting guard from Kentucky: 2020 Justin Powell (6-6, 190, shooting guard, North Oldham High School in Goshen, KY, 17U Indy Heat on Nike EYBL circuit, ESPN national 4-star prospect) confirmed on Saturday that he is being recruited by Arkansas.
“I’ve heard from Coach Crutchfield,“ Powell said. “He is supposed to be calling me very soon. We have texted a little bit, just getting to know each other.“
Powell reportedly holds offers from Auburn, Tennessee, Georgia, Cincinnati, Xavier, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, and Virginia Tech with the Hogs, Kentucky, Syracuse, Purdue, and Ohio State showing interest.
“The hardest ones coming at me right now are Auburn, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Xavier, and Ohio State,“ Powell said. “I am interested to learn more about Arkansas and see what it is like. I just don’t know much about it right now.“
Powell also talked about his game.
“Right now I am sort of labeled a shooter, which I am,“ he said. “But I still create off the dribble and like to handle the ball and facilitate and just be a guy who can find his teammates and play the right way.“
Recent 5-star Hog offer briefly talks about his Arkansas recruitment: 2021 Harrison Ingram (6-7 combo forward, St. Mark’s High School in Dallas, Team YGC36 on the Adidas Gauntlet circuit, composite national No. 25 / 5-star prospect according to 247Sports.com) likes what he’s heard about Arkansas and is considering a visit.
“For me no school is ahead of any school yet, but I’ve heard great things about (Arkansas),“ Ingram said. “Still working on a good time to do that (visit). Still very busy with AAU.“
Ingram, who is in contact with Arkansas assistant coach Corey Williams, reportedly also holds offers from Kansas, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Baylor, TCU, Stanford, and Ole Miss. He participated in the Pangos All American Camp in California over the weekend.
“It’s going really well,“ Ingram said of his Pangos experience. “Always good playing the best competition.“
Three Arkansas high school hoopers pick up out-of-state offers: 2020 Arkansas offer Jaylin Williams (6-10 forward / center, Fort Smith Northside, national Top 100 / 4-star prospect according to Rivals.com) picked up offers from Texas A&M and Iowa State in the past few days to go with previous offers from the Hogs, Oklahoma State, TCU, Auburn, Illinois, and Tulsa; 2020 Arkansas interest Khalen “KK“ Robinson (6-1 combo guard, Bryant) picked up offers from TCU and Illinois in the past week, and he spoke with coaches from Kansas on Thursday in addition to speaking with Arkansas head coach Eric Musselman on Friday; and 2021 Arkansas interest Terran Williams (6-4 wing, Barton) picked up an Auburn offer while visiting the Tigers over the weekend to go with previous offers from TCU and Oklahoma State.
Williams and 2020 Arkansas offer Chris Moore (6-6 combo forward, West Memphis, national 4-star prospect) will both be on official visits to Oklahoma State this weekend (June 7-9). Williams has said he also plans to take official visits to Arkansas and Auburn in the near future, while Moore has already taken junior-year official visits to both Arkansas and Auburn with the option to repeat visit destinations now that his senior-year official visits have reset.
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