Check out the Arkansas men’s basketball team

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ANTOINE BLACK

TO CLASSIFY First-year student

THE SIZE 6-7

LESTER 198

POSITION Guardian

HOMETOWN Duncanville, TX

HIGH SCHOOL Duncanville HS

LAST SEASON Averaged 13.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4 assists and 2.2 steals to guide Duncanville HS to the 2022 Texas Class 6A State Championship

THE LEAN Black is a true athletic and high-flying freshman guard, ranked the best overall point guard in the 2022 recruiting class by 247Sports. He is a McDonald’s All-American, part of the 2022 USA Nike Hoop Summit team and a member of the USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team which won a gold medal at the FIBA ​​Americas Championship earlier this year. He transferred to Duncanville HS (Texas) for his senior season and helped the team to a 35-1 record and the No. 1 national ranking by MaxPreps. Black was also a 3-star rookie at receiver and got an offer from Arkansas football.

COUNCIL RICKY IV

TO CLASSIFY Junior

THE SIZE 6-6

LESTER 205

POSITION Guardian

HOMETOWN Durham, North Carolina

HIGH SCHOOL Durham South HS

LAST SEASON Averaged 12 points, 5.4 rebounds and 84.9 percent shooting on free throws while playing 28 games for Wichita State.

THE LEAN Council was named the 2022 American Athletic Conference’s sixth man of the year as a sophomore after scoring the league’s most points among reserve players. He led the Shockers in scoring 10 times in 2022, including eight of the team’s last 12 outings. The Council had the second most steals on the team (32) and scored 10+ points in 17 games. As a freshman, he was teammate with former Razorback forward Trey Wade at Wichita State.

TREVON BRAZIL

TO CLASSIFY Second year

THE SIZE 6-10

LESTER 212

POSITION Forward

HOMETOWN Springfield, Mo.

HIGH SCHOOL Kickapoo HS

LAST SEASON Averaged 6.3 points, 5 rebounds and 1.9 blocks while starting 22 games at Missouri as a rookie.

THE THIN Brazile transferred to Arkansas after playing for Missouri as a rookie, where he finished third in the SEC in blocked shots. He recorded a blocked shot in 20 of the 24 games he played, with a career-high six against Illinois. As a rookie, he began to look stronger as the season progressed, posting a season-high 15 points in the team’s SEC Tournament game against LSU. He has the ability to stretch the ground and shoot all three as well, going 2 of 3 against Kansas from behind the arc last season.

NICK SMITH JR.

TO CLASSIFY First-year student

THE SIZE 6-5

LESTER 185

POSITION Guardian

HOMETOWN Jacksonville, Ark.

HIGH SCHOOL North Little Rock HS

LAST SEASON Averaged 26.5 points, 8 rebounds and 7.3 assists as a senior at North Little Rock HS, propelling the team to the Arkansas Class 6A State Championship.

THE THIN Smith is ranked the No. 1 high school prospect for the Class of 2022 by 247Sports and a top 3 recruit by consensus from major outlets. He is a McDonald’s All-American, two-time Arkansas Democrat-Gazette All-Arkansas Player of the Year (2021 and 2022), member of the 2022 Team USA Nike Hoop Summit, and was one of 5 finalists for the 2022 Naismith High School Male Player of the Year. He also played in the Jordan Brand Classic, where he was named co-MVP after scoring 27 points. Smith is one of three highest-rated rookies to sign with the Razorbacks, joining Corliss Williamson and Al Jefferson.

DAVID DAVIS

TO CLASSIFY Junior

THE SIZE 6-4

LESTER 185

POSITION Guardian

HOMETOWN Jacksonville, Ark.

HIGH SCHOOL Jacksonville HS

LAST SEASON Averaged 8.3 points and was second on the team with 102 assists while playing in all 37 games as a sophomore.

THE SKINNY Davis started the season as a starter for the Razorbacks in 2022, but over time began to thrive as a reserve. Arkansas was 14-3 in games and he was the first player to come off the bench en route to reaching the NCAA Elite 8. Davis scored a season-high 26 points in a loss to neutral site against Oklahoma. He is one of two returners with significant playing time. Davis hit a game-winning jumper against Oral Roberts as a rookie in the NCAA Sweet 16.

JOSEPH PINION

TO CLASSIFY First-year student

THE SIZE 6-5

LESTER 190

POSITION Guardian

HOMETOWN Morrilton, Ark.

HIGH SCHOOL Morrillon HS

LAST SEASON Averaged 24.3 points, 9 rebounds, 2.7 steals and 2.1 blocks as a senior at Morrilton HS.

THE THIN Pinion is a 4-star recruit to Morrilton HS, where he was twice named to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette All-Preps first team (2021 and 2022). a year in which he increased his points-per-game average from 17.2 to 24.3, while shooting at an 88% clip on free throws. Pinion was named to the All-State Class 4A team as a junior and senior.

JALEN GRAHAM

TO CLASSIFY Senior

THE SIZE 6-9

LESTER 225

POSITION Forward

HOMETOWN Phoenix, Arizona.

HIGH SCHOOL Mountain Pointe HS

LAST SEASON Averaged 9.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 0.9 blocks starting in 22 games at Arizona State.

THE THIN Graham transferred to Arkansas in the offseason via Arizona State, where he played his first three years in college. He was a second-team All-Pac 12 selection as a junior after ranking second on the team in rebounds and posted 14 double-digit scoring games. As a sophomore, Graham finished third in the Pac-12 with 1.62 blocked shots per game. His best performance as the Sun Devil came in an upset triple-overtime win over No. 3 UCLA, a game in which he scored 16 points, had 10 rebounds and dished out six best assists in career.

BARRY DUNNING JR.

TO CLASSIFY First-year student

THE SIZE 6-6

LESTER 195

POSITION Guardian

HOMETOWN Mobile, Ala.

HIGH SCHOOL McGill-Toolen Catholic HS

LAST SEASON Averaged 25.3 points, 12.9 rebounds, 3.3 steals, 2.6 assists and 1.7 blocks as a senior at McGill-Toolen HS, which he guided to the Class 6A semifinals of Alabama 2022.

THE THIN Dunning was rated 4 stars by ESPN and Alabama State’s Most Outstanding Player. He was twice named Gatorade Alabama Player of the Year (2021 and 2022) and, as a senior, was chosen as Alabama Mr. Basketball. Dunning was a McDonald’s All-American nominee after being named to the Class 6A first-team All-State selection three times.

JORDAN WALSH

TO CLASSIFY First-year student

THE SIZE 6-7

LESTER 205

POSITION Forward

HOMETOWN Desoto, TX

HIGH SCHOOL Link Year (Mo.) Academy

LAST SEASON Averaged 15.3 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists as a senior at Link Year (Mo.) Academy.

THE THIN Walsh is a consensus 5-star recruit in the Class of 2022 and one of three Razorbacks who were McDonald’s All-Americans as a senior. He is ranked the 11th best player in the class by ESPN and the fourth best forward in the cycle. Walsh is Texas State’s top prospect according to ESPN and he played in the Jordan Brand Classic. He played his senior college season at Link Year (Mo.) Academy, where he helped the team place second in the GEICO National Championships.

MAKHI MITCHELL

TO CLASSIFY Senior

THE SIZE 6-9

LESTER 230

POSITION Forward

HOMETOWN washington d.c.

HIGH SCHOOL Woodrow Wilson HS

LAST SEASON Averaged 9.9 points and 7.3 rebounds while playing 31 games as a junior at Rhode Island.

THE THIN Mitchell transferred to Arkansas in the offseason from Rhode Island where he spent two seasons after playing his freshman year at Maryland. He led Rhode Island in rebounding, averaging 7.3 per game last season, while recording 1.39 blocks per game. His seven double-doubles ranked sixth in the Atlantic-10. His twin brother Makhel was transferred with him from Rhode Island.

KAMANI JOHNSON

TO CLASSIFY Senior

THE SIZE 6-7

LESTER 230

POSITION Forward

HOMETOWN Brooklyn, New York

HIGH SCHOOL Holy Spirit Preparatory School (Ga.)

LAST SEASON Averaged 6.4 points and 4.8 rebounds in 26 games as a junior redshirt.

THE THIN Johnson played his first season with the Razorbacks in 2022 after being traded from Arkansas-Little Rock. He established himself as a tenacious and uncompromising force, averaging the most rebounds per game among players who played less than 30 minutes per game. In his second season with the Trojans, Johnson was a third-team All-Sun Belt selection after averaging 11 points and 6.7 rebounds. His older brother, Dakari, played for Kentucky.

CADE ARGOBAST

TO CLASSIFY Junior

THE SIZE 6-3

LESTER 180

POSITION Guardian

HOMETOWN Concord, California.

HIGH SCHOOL De La Salle HS

LAST SEASON Earned a scholarship after starting the season as an extra and saw the floor in four games.

THE THIN Argobast played one season at Lane (Oregon) Community College before coming to Arkansas as an extra. He averaged 10 points while shooting 40% from beyond the arc in high school.

MAKHEL MITCHELL

TO CLASSIFY Senior

THE SIZE 6-10

LESTER 240

POSITION Forward

HOMETOWN washington d.c.

HIGH SCHOOL Woodrow Wilson HS

LAST SEASON Averaged 10.7 points and 5.6 rebounds in 31 games at Rhode Island.

THE THIN Mitchell transferred to Arkansas in the offseason after leading Rhode Island in scoring and blocking shots as a junior. His 2.39 blocked shots per game led the Atlantic-10 and ranked 25th in the NCAA. He spent his first season in Maryland before playing two years in Rhode Island. His 5.6 rebounds per game trailed only his twin brother, Makhi, who transferred to Arkansas with him.

DERRIAN FORD

TO CLASSIFY First-year student

THE SIZE 6-3

LESTER 205

POSITION Guardian

HOMETOWN Magnolia, Arch

HIGH SCHOOL Magnolia HS

LAST SEASON Averaged 23.1 points and 6.3 rebounds as a senior at Magnolia HS, which he guided to three Class 4A state championships.

THE THIN Ford is a consensus 4-star guard in the 2022 class and Arkansas State’s third-highest recruit. ESPN listed him as the No. 71 overall prospect, and his stellar college career earned him an All-American nomination from McDonald’s. Ford was twice named to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette All-Preps first team (2021 and 2022), and he was Gatorade Arkansas Player of the Year in both seasons. He was the 2022 4A State Tournament MVP after leading the Panthers to an unblemished 30-0 season, capping off with his 29 points in the state title game.

LAWSON-BLAKE

TO CLASSIFY Second year

THE SIZE 6-10

LESTER 225

POSITION Forward

HOMETOWN Fayetteville, Ark.

HIGH SCHOOL Fayetteville HS/Link Year (Mo.) Academy

LAST SEASON Earned a top spot with the team and saw the floor in five games.

THE SKINNY Blake played his senior year at Link Year (Mo.) Academy, after playing for Fayetteville High School. He averaged 13 points and seven rebounds as a senior and joined the Arkansas basketball team.

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