Arkansas to see ’19 juco wing play Monday, plus Hogs make cut for ’19 big man Raymond Hawkins

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By Kevin McPherson
 
LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Razorbacks may have a couple of things working in their favor when it comes to 2019 junior college prospect Sean Miller-Moore (6-5 wing, Moberly Area Community College in Missouri, native of Toronto) — one, Miller-Moore is friends with current Hog and Toronto native Gabe Osabuohien; and two, Miller-Moore is exactly the kind of big, bouncy, slashing wing that Arkansas is currently missing in the lineup.
 
Miller-Moore confirmed that Arkansas assistant coach T.J. Cleveland will be on hand tonight to watch him play against Penn Valley Community College.
 
“That’s my guy,” Miller-Moore said of Osabuohien. “We have a good relationship … I know him just playing around the city (Toronto) and (keeping up through) social media. Me and him were supposed to go to high school together in Virginia but it didn’t end up working out.
 
“It’s always good to have a piece of home wherever you go, somebody you can relate to or even somebody that could show me the ropes of how things work. If Arkansas needs a wing who can slash then that just shows I could be an impact guy coming right in from Moberly — a slashing wing that can defend sounds like me.”
 
Miller-Moore, who was once committed to Buffalo where he pledged in the fall of 2018, said Arkansas began recruiting him “recently” and that he is “very interested” in the Hogs. He said he’s also drawing daily recruiting interest from West Virginia, Seton Hall, UMass, Akron, and Portland.
 
“Pretty open-minded with all the schools right now,” said Miller-Moore, who confirmed he will have 2 years of playing eligibility at the NCAA Division I level. “Recruitment for me is heating up lately. I took one (official visit) already (to Buffalo). I have four left (to take) maybe after the season.”
 
Miller-Moore is averaging 18.1 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.3 steals while shooting 58.6% field goals (including 30.0% from 3) and 75.8% free throws. His highlight videos reveal a player who finishes with emphasis above the rim, and he reportedly has a 40-inch vertical leap. 
 
“I’ve never measured it,” Miller-Moore said of his hops. “I do get up though! I’m an athletic guard that can make a play in transition, can defend. I would say I have a good IQ for the game and can really pass and rebound.”
 
Linked below are game highlights of Sean Miller-Moore …
 
 
2019 Raymond Hawkins tabs Hogs amoing his “Final 5”
 
2019 Arkansas offer Raymond Hawkins (6-9, 230, forward / center, Findlay Prep by way of Oakland, CA) announced his “Final 5” schools on Monday, and the Razorbacks made the cut.
 
Hawkins — he picked up his Hog offer in early January — narrowed his list to Arkansas, Mississippi State, Arizona State, DePaul, and Buffalo. He also holds offers from Kansas State, St. John’s, Nevada, UNLV, and Wyoming among others with LSU and TCU showing interest. He has said he will begin taking his official visits at the end of the current 2018-19 basketball season.
 
 
“It makes me happy getting the news from Coach Thurman, he’s really a great guy,” Hawkins told a reporter on the day of his Arkansas offer, which came from Thurman via text while Hawkins was practicing free throws between classes at Findlay Prep. “He’s the only coach who checks on me every single day. He’s in contact with my Mom, coaches, and me. Just the fact that he offered me like he said it would hapen: That he would get to know me first, and that’s what happened.
 
Hawkins previously confirmed that he is related to former Hog great Marvin Delph of Conway, one of the famed Triplets who joined Sidney Moncrief and Ron Brewer to help the 1977-78 Arkansas Razorbacks to the Final Four in St. Louis.
 
“I’m very interested (in Arkansas),” Hawkins said in December. “My grandfather was born in Little Rock, and I’ve got family that lives there. I’m building a relationship with (Arkansas assistant coach Scotty) Thurman, it’s an SEC school, their players are gritty, and they have a player there (freshman Reggie Chaney) who played at Findlay.
 
Thurman and Arkansas associate head coach Melvin Watkins were on hand Dec. 20 as Hawkins scored 12 points in Findlay Prep’s 72-64 win over Trinity International at the prestigious Tarkanian Classic in Las Vegas.
 
Hawkins is a big-bodied space-eater who is nimble with good ball-handling skill and great instincts around the basket as well as in transition and facing the basket. Some aspects of his size and game are reminiscent of Hog alum Darnell Robinson, who also hailed from the Oakland (CA) area, who was at one time the all-time leading scorer in California at the high school level, and who was rated the nation’s No. 1 prospect by the Sporting News in the class of 1993.
 
“Yeah,” Hawkins answered in December when asked if Arkansas coaches have told him that he compares favorably to Robinson. Hawkins’ family also has tied to the former Hog and McDonald’s All American.
 
“I’m athletic, I rebound, and I bring a lot of energy,” Hawkins said in December. “I can put the ball on the floor and shoot in the mid-range. I’m very active, a leader.”
 
Linked below is a highlight reel of Raymond Hawkins in action in December during the Tarkanian Classic — the event that Watkins and Thurman say him play …
 
 
Trio of prospects were on hand at BWA for Hogs-vs-Bulldogs on Saturday
 
Three in-state prospects were in attendance at Bud Walton Arena on Saturday to watch Arkansas host Mississippi State: 2020 Hog offer Jaylin Williams (6-10 forward / center, Fort Smith Northside) who has already taken a couple of unofficial visits to Arkansas this season and also holds offers from Oklahoma State, TCU, Tulsa, and Lamar with other showing interest; 2021 Arkansas target Jalen Ricks (6-5 combo guard with 6-10-plus wingspan, Sylvan Hills) who has taken a couple of unofficial visits to Arkansas this season and holds offers from Oklahoma State and TCU with the Hogs, Indiana, Michigan, Texas A&M, and Auburn showing interest; and 2022 Arkansas interest Nick Smith, Jr. (6-2 combo guard, Sylvan Hills) who has been to at least three Arkansas games this season and holds offers from Oklahoma State and Oral Roberts with the Hogs and others showing interest.
 

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