By Kevin McPherson
LITTLE ROCK — Eric Musselman’s renowned emphasis on grad-transfer recruiting makes it’s Arkansas debut this weekend with an expected visit from Jeantal Cylla, the first of four one-MORE-and-done Hog targets who plan to visit Fayetteville in the next couple of weeks.
A source confirmed on Monday that Cylla (6-7 forward, North Carolina-Wilmington) is set to take his official visit to Arkansas beginning today.
Cylla, who played two seasons at Florida Atlantic before transferring to UNCW, averaged 13.7 points and 4.6 rebounds in 28.2 minutes per game while shooting 42.7% field goals (including 31.1% from 3 while averaging one make per game from distance) and 84.8% free throws as a fourth-year junior in 2018-19.
Cylla will have one year of immediate playing eligibility once he transfers.
Ohio State, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Georgia, Wisconsin, and Oregon State are the high-major programs reportedly interested in Cylla.
The second of four grad-transfer visitors to Arkansas — Jaire Grayer (6-5 guard, George Mason) — is planning to be in Fayetteville on Monday, the day after Cylla’s visit ends.
Grayer averaged 8.8 points and 3.1 rebounds in 19.5 minutes per outing through seven games played in his 2018-19 senior campaign at George Mason — a season that ended abruptly with a foot injury that has led him to seek a medical redshirt and a subsequent extra year of eligibility in ’19-20.
In parts of four seasons combined at George Mason, Grayer averaged a combined 11.0 points and 5.3 rebounds while shooting 35% from 3.
Two more grad-transfer guards are looking to visit Fayetteville in early May.
High Point’s Jahaad Proctor (6-3 guard, native of Harrisburg, PA) and Florida Gulf Coast’s Haanif Cheatham (6-5 wing) will take official visits to Arkansas the weekend of May 3-5.
Proctor earned second-team All Big South honors after averaging 19.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 1.3 steals in 34.6 minutes per game while shooting 46.4% field goals, including 33.1% from 3, plus 77.1% free throws as a junior in 2018-19 for High Point, which finished 16-15 overall and 9-7 in the Big South.
As a redshirt sophomore at High Point in ’17-18, Proctor also made the All Big South second team after averaging 15.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game while shooting 43.2% from 3.
Proctor, who began his career at Iona as a freshman in ’15-16 before transferring to High Point, will be a 5th-year senior with immediateeligibility in ’19-20.
Proctor will visit Purdue this weekend. In addition to the Razorbacks and Boilermakers, Proctor is reportedly drawing interest from West Virginia, Wichita State, Stanford, and Virginia Tech.
Cheatham spent two full seasons and part of a third at Marquette of the Big East conference before transferring to FGCU where he averaged 13.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.9 assists as a starter through 10 games in ’18-19 before suffering a shoulder injury that ended his season.
Ranked national No. 75 and a 4-star prospect coming out of high school in 2015, Cheatham will have one season of immediate playing eligibility in ’19-20.
Cheatham is also considering Nebraska, Cincinnati, and Virginia Tech.