LITTLE ROCK — If you think about the recruiting results that first-year head coach Eric Musselman has accomplished in just over eight months on the job — landing five college-transfers in the spring/summer for the 2019 class, followed by a 2021 commitment early in the fall, then one signing and three commitments last month from 2020 high school prospects that currently ranks as a Top 5-10 class nationally — the future of the program started taking significant shape by the time his first Razorbacks team had played even a handful of games.
Not one to pump the brakes on recruiting, Musselman and his staff continue to pursue some of the top prospects in the nation, including a foursome of 2021 prospects that rank near the top of the Hoop Hogs’ recruiting board.
Junior Trey Alexander (6-5 combo guard, Heritage Hall in Oklahoma, national No. 27 / 4-star prospect according to 247Sports.com) was the first 2021 prospect that Musselman offered shortly after taking the Arkansas job, and having enjoyed his unofficial visit to Fayetteville in August the highly regarded playmaker is looking at taking one of his five junior-year official visits to Arkansas.
“We are, but haven’t came up with a date yet,” Alexander said when asked if he would take an OV to UA.
Alexander took his first (and so far only) OV to Oklahoma. He holds offers from the Hogs, Sooners, Kansas, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Wake Forest, SMU, and others. He’s averaging 34 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals per game for Heritage Hall (6-1).
Alexander has previously talked about his relationship with Razorbacks associate head coach Chris Crutchfield, who began recruiting Alexander when he held the same position at Oklahoma.
“Coach Crutch is the first person I met in my recruitment at OU,” Alexander recalled back in May. “Very down to earth guy, loves to see people doing good, and he cares for his guys … Having a guy like Coach Crutch recruiting you makes you feel welcome to a university. He is a very easy guy to talk to.”
2021 Kendall Brown (6-7 small forward / wing, Minnesota native, Sunrise Christian Academy in Kansas, composite national No. 20 / 5-star prospect) picked up an offer from Arkansas in July and Hog coaches traveled to see him in the fall, and now he is working on setting up a visit date to come to Fayetteville.
“Yes,” Brown said Friday when asked if he plans to visit Arkansas. “Whenever they get back to me about when I can come down.”
It is also undecided whether Brown’s visit will be official or unofficial.
“They (Arkansas coaches) haven’t let me know yet,” he said.
Brown recently picked up an offer from Ohio State to go with offers from the Hogs, Kansas, Texas, Maryland, Texas A&M, Baylor, Iowa, Iowa State, Marquette, Illinois, Minnesota, California, Nebraska, and others.
Arkansas assistant coach Clay Moser watched Brown play in June and July, and Crutchfield was in to see him at Sunrise Academy in mid-September.
2021 Harrison Ingram (6-7 combo forward, Dalls St. Mark’s, composite national No. 16 / 5-star prospect) took an unofficial visit to Arkansas in August, Hog coaches have been to see him in Dallas this fall including Musselman, and Ingram is looking at coming back to Arkansas and taking more visits after the season.
“Just focusing on school season, probably won’t take any visits during the season,” Ingram said.
Ingram has been putting up big numbers against a competitive schedule at St. Mark’s, including a triple-double (19 points, 13 assists, and 11 rebounds) in 22 minutes in an early December win over Dallas Highland Park.
Ingram holds offers from the Hogs, Kansas, UCLA, Texas Tech, Memphis, Texas, Tennessee, Purdue, Oklahoma, Florida, Stanford, Marquette, Georgetown, Illinois, Texas A&M, Houston, Ole Miss, TCU, SMU, and Vanderbilt.
2021 Arkansas commit Duncan Powell (6-7 combo forward, DeSoto, TX, national No. 125 / 4-star prospect according to 247Sports.com) pledged to Musselman and the Hoop Hogs in late September and just days after taking an unofficial visit to Fayetteville.
Powell said he will return to Arkansas for a visit, possibly sometime during the 2019-20 season.
“I am when I have time a little deeper in the season when district play starts,” Powell said. “It’s really hectic right now because of tournaments.”
More Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting tidbits …
* 2022 Arkansas offer Javion Guy-King (6-4 wing, Little Rock Mills) said he will become eligible to play on Jan. 27, 2020. Guy-King transferred to Mills from Sylvan Hills, where he played his freshman season in 2018-19. He said he is in contact with Arkansas assistant coach Corey Williams “weekly,” and he said he plans to return to Arkansas for a game in the near future. Guy-King took an unofficial visit to Arkansas in early August along with his spring/summer grassroots teammate and 2022 Arkansas offer Derrian Ford (6-3 combo guard, Magnolia, national Top 35 / 4-star prospect). He also attended Arkansas’s Red-White game at Barnhill Arena in October.
* 2020 Arkansas preferred-walkon prospect Zane Butler (6-0 point guard, Greene County Tech) took his second unofficial visit to Arkansas to attend the Hoop Hogs’ game against Austin Peay on Dec. 3, and he came away impressed: “Had a great time at the game! Great atmosphere! This was one of my few chances to catch a game with my season cranking up, so I was glad I got the opportunity to. Enjoyed watching them pull out the W!” Butler, who has a 41-point game this season, scored a game-high 30 points on Thursday in GCT’s win over Texarkana Texas High School, which features 6-7 junior forward CJ Kelley (23 points against GCT) who was in attendance for Arkansas’s Red-White game at Barnhill Arena in October.
* On Friday (Dec. 13), Arkansas assistant coaches Clay Moser and Corey Williams were out and about in northwest Arkansas to watch high school prospects. Moser took in the Arvest Hoopfest in Rogers, and Williams attended the Jonesboro-Fayetteville game.