Breaking down Hogs basketball
Last years roster was arguably the worst Coach Muss will ever see at Arkansas. The hogs finished 20-12 (7-11) on the year, never reaching the top 25 poll. We are losing two seniors, Jimmy Whitt Jr and Adrio Bailey, and sophomore Jalen Harris in the transfer portal. Junior Mason Jones declared for the NBA draft and signed with an agent ruling out his return. Sophomore Isaiah Joe also declared for the NBA agent, but has yet to sign with an agent. His decision on returning is still unknown.
Our incoming recruiting class is ranked #7 in the nation! It is made up of four stars Moses Moody, KK Robinson, Jaylin Williams, and Davonte Davis. Jaylin Williams, being the only forward in the class, will need to fill a big role after Baileys departure. The 6'9 forward out of Fort Smith can crash the boards and add a great defensive effort. His shooting needs some work, but he can drive to the basket really well. Moses Moody, the 6'6 guard out of Little Rock is a floor runner. Moody is a great shooter, which adds to Arkansas' long distance shooting. Moody attented Montverde Academy in FLorida to gain more national attention, playing alongside five star Cade Cunningham. KK Robinson out of Bryant impressed everyone with his rankings jump in the final poll. He went up 36 spots to be the highest ranked recruit in the Hog's class. Davonte Davis out of Jacksonville is probably the most underrated in the class. The left handed sharp shooter is a great add on for the hogs, as he has proved his leadership on a team.
The incoming transfers are very exciting! Connor Vanover and JD Notae both had to sit out last season due to transfer rules. Vanover, the 7'3 center who transferred from California will have a great impact on the hogs. He adds unbelievable height, and can rebound the ball very well. Notae, the 6'2 guard who transferred from Jacksonville, is an exceptional athlete. His versatility to get to the basket adds to Coach Muss' game plan, and his shooting does also. He shot the three ball from 32% in his sophomore campaign, which is an impressive number. We have three incoming grad transfers, Justin Smith, Jalen Tate, and Vance Jackson. Jalen Tate, the 6'6 guard who transferred from Northern Kentucky, is an absolute beast defender. He is a great floor runner, who mostly reminds me of former Hog Jalen Harris. Justin Smith and Vance Jackson are both elite offensive players. Both can dunk really well and I could see Arkansas turn into Lob City next year.
Next year is going to be very exciting, as the Hogs could bring back the fastest forty in college hoops. We have a pack ton of talent to make a deep run in March Madness. Coach Muss is going to have a great second year at Arkansas!