Arkansas incoming freshmen Daniel Gafford and Khalil Garland are practicing this summer with the Hogs after being cleared following physicals.
El Dorado native Gafford was reported to have a meniscus issue before reporting to Arkansas but on the SEC Summer Basketball Teleconference on Monday Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson said all is good with the freshman center/forward.
“Daniel is doing fine. We brought him in and obviously we give all our guys physical exams and he cleared. So he’s been working out. Probably just some things that he has got to strengthen. You know strengthen those muscles in his legs. He is getting at a high level here of really getting good treatment. But no he is fine.”
Another issue arose for freshman guard Khalil Garland during his reporting to campus physical. Reports said Garland had an issue with his heart, possibly a heart murmur. Mike Anderson says all is good and Khalil is cleared and practicing with the Hogs.
“Guys coming to this level here they have never had the chance to really go through the strenuous, the activity that we put these guys through. So we want to make sure they are, once they do come up here that they are ready to go through the vigorous workouts. So that is what it is with Khalil. Just precaution that’s all.”
With Macon and Barford returning coach Anderson feels good about his team and the direction his program is headed with another trip to the NCAA Tournament a goal for his team in 2017-18.