Hoop Hogs Notebook: Kyree Walker and Jaire Grayer Visit Updates, New Transfer Visitor, More

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By Kevin McPherson

LITTLE ROCK — 2020 Arkansas offer Kyree Walker (6-5 combo guard, Hillcrest Prep in Phoenix, ESPN national No. 13 / 5-star prospect) will take visits “soon” and Arkansas will “absolutely” get a visit, according to his Dad, Khari Walker.

“We are putting (Kyree’s visit) list together now,” Khari Walker said earlier Tuesday.

Walker is set to attend two prestigious basketball camps in June — Pangos All American Camp (May 31-June 2) where at least 20 NBA scouts will be in attendance, and NBPA Top 100 Camp (June 11-16) during which college coach can evaluate for two days (June 13-14).

Arkansas head coach Eric Musselman, assistant coach Corey Williams, and staff coach Hays Myers were courtside for Walker’s games during the Adidas Gauntlet live-period session played April 26-28, then on April 29 Williams traveled to Phoenix for an on-campus visit with Walker.

Walker is considering a re-classification to the 2019 class, and has recently said he’ll likely wait till the end of the summer to decide.

* Jacksonville sophomore-transfer Janaud “JD” Notae (6-2 guard, Jacksonville) confirmed he is at Arkansas today and Wednesday for a visit.

Notae averaged 15.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 1.6 steals in 31.4 minutes while shooting 42.7% field goals (including 32.0% from 3) plus 73.0% free throws through 32 games in 2018-19.

A source said Notae had drawn interest from Nevada when Head Hog Eric Musselman was still at the helm of the Wolf Pack’s program. Notae was named second-team All ASUN as a sophomore at Jacksonville, which finished 12-20 overall and competed against league member Stetson, where Arkansas assistant coach Corey Williams was head coach the previous six seasons.

Notae said he’s visited North Carolina-Greensoboro and is also considering Buffalo in addition to the Hogs. As far as making a decision on a school, Notae said he has “no time frame.”

Notae reportedly has also drawn interest from Oklahoma State, Seton Hall, Iowa State, Western Kentucky, Creighton, Colorado State, Bradley, Toledo, Middle Tennessee, UAB, and North Texas. 

Notae will have two years to play two after a redshirt season in ’19-20.

Linked is an extended highlight reel of Notae from last season at Jacksonville …

* George Mason grad-transfer Jaire Grayer (6-5 wing) just wrapped up his official visit to Fayetteville (May 12-14), and he was pleased with it.

“It went great,” Grayer said. “My parents went with me. The school as a whole was amazing. I’m going to sit down with my family and discuss the visit with them. And I’m not 100% sure on when I’ll make a decision.”

Grayer said several schools have been in contact with him.

“I’m not 100% sure on other visits, but I’ve been talking to TCU, Illinois, and Nevada so far about visits,” Grayer said.

Grayer averaged 8.8 points (he made 15-of-37 from 3 for 40.5%) and 3.1 rebounds per game through 8 games before suffering a foot injury that ended his season. He is seeking a medical waiver for a fifth season of playing eligibility in ’19-20.

Grayer’s father, Jeff Grayer, was an NBA journeyman from the late 1980s through the late 1990s.

* Former Arkansas big man Daniel Gafford (6-11, forward / center, El Dorado) was in attendance Tuesday night for the NBA Draft Lottery show (which aired at 7:30 p.m. CT on ESPN) a day prior to taking part in the NBA Draft Combine  that runs Wednesday, May 15, through Sunday, May 19 — ALL in Chicago as a lead-up to the 2019 NBA Daft on June 20 at the Barclays Center in New York. Gafford is one of 66 draft-eligible players taking part in the NBA Draft Combine this week. 

The NBA Draft Lottery consists of the first 14 players selected. Gafford is projected to be selected No. 22 overall in the first round according to the last mock draft by NBADraft.net. Most analysts and mock drafts project Gafford to be selected anywhere from mid/late first round to early second round.

Gafford earned All SEC First Team and SEC All Defensive Team honors after averaging 16.9 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks while shooting 66.0% from the field — ALL ranking him in the Top 5 in the SEC — as a sophomore last season. 

* Former Arkansas guard Dusty Hannahs (6-3, Mempis Hustle of the NBA G-League) had a great showing this week at the NBA G-League elite camp where 40 players competed with NBA scouts in attendance.

Hannahs, who played briefly with the Memphis Grizzlies late in the ’18-19 regular-season after signing a 10-day contract, averaged 25.0 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 3.5 assists this week at the G-League elite camp.

“Hearing from many (NBA) teams,” Hannahs said of the interest he’s received following his performance. “It was a fun event and I was glad to attend.”

Former Arkansas guard and teammate of Hannahs, Jaylen Barford (6-3, Greensboro Swarm), was also invited to participate in the 40-player G-League elite camp.

Linked is a brief Twitter highlight of Dusty Hannahs from action this week …

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