Hiring Musselman excites Arkansas state prospects



FAYETTEVILLE – New Arkansas basketball coach Eric Musselman will find recruiting clbades in the state loaded for 2020 and 2021 that he will be involved in when he arrives in Fayetteville on Sunday night.

It's clear that many of them are receptive to listening to what the former Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings coach has to say, including the West Memphis junior player, Chris Moore (6-6, 220), one of the three players of Arkansas 2020 that are among the 150 best juniors nationwide.

"The fact that he trained with Golden State and in the NBA is certainly something that has been interesting," Moore said. "I'm looking forward to meeting him and talking to him, it's an exciting rental for Arkansas."

Musselman, who was 110-34 in Nevada for the past four seasons with an appearance in Sweet 16 and three consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament, agreed to sign on Sunday afternoon.

He boarded a flight to Fayetteville with his family and Arkansas sports director, Hunter Yurachek.

Moore joins the former North Little Rock and the current Montverde (Fla.) Moses Moody Academy (6-5, 180), Fort Smith Northside center Jaylin Williams (6-10, 220), Jacksonville, Davonta Davis (6-4) , 175), Marianna guard Detrick Reeves (6-3, 170), guard Bryant Khalen Robinson (5-10, 160) and Waldron guard Payton Brown (6-3, 180) as the best juniors in the game. state.

Moody is ranked 26th nationally in the top 60 on ESPN, 36th on 24/7 and 48th on Rivals, while Davis is ranked 95th on 24/7 and 128th on Rivals. Moore is 132th for Rivals and 138th for 24/7.

The 2021 clbad has talent as former Jacksonville standout Gerald Doakes (6-1, 180) of Houston (Texas) Milby, the Jacksonville duo of Ryan Maxwell (6-4, 170) and Jordan Maxwell (6-4, 170), Little Rock Mills guard Madison Peaster (6-1, 170), Sylvan Hills guard Jalen Ricks (6-5, 170) and Marianna escort Terran Williams (6-4, 175).

The 2022 best talent in the state so far seems to be the guard Nick Smith of Sylvan Hills (6-3, 170).

"Arkansas has a lot of talent in the state right now that a lot of people in the country do not see," Davis said. "But now there are many children in Arkansas playing at a high level."

Moore, Williams, Davis and Brown play for the Arkansas organization Woodz Elite AAU and Moody for Bradley Beal Elite.

Those five players will be on the court Friday night at 7:45 p.m. at Fayetteville High when the three days of the Warmup Tournament begin.

Williams has just taken his team to the state Clbad 6A title.

"It's good to hear about the whole experience that he (Musselman) had had about it," Williams said. "We'll see how it goes down there, but I'm certainly interested in what's going on."

Davis engaged with the state of Oklahoma on December 2 in Arkansas, Auburn, Oregon and others.

"I'm not really thinking about college now, only in my spring now, but definitely if he (Musselman) gets in touch with my coaches, I'll probably listen to him," Davis said.

Brown is one of the state's most prolific scorers and averaged 32 points per game this summer. He is committed to the UCA, but with the hope of knowing about Mussleman and his staff.

"I would be very interested if they offered it to me," Brown said. "It would give me a lot to think about, I know he did very well in Nevada and he is a good coach."

Ricks expects Musselman to focus on landing prospects in the state.

"I think it's an excellent contract, a very experienced coach as a basketball coach at different levels and I hope Arkansas will continue to recruit the talent of the state," Ricks said.

Jordan Maxwell is excited about renting Musselman.

"I think he's a pretty good employee if we look at his history in Nevada, he knows how to win," Maxwell said. "He brings that pbadion for the game, something that I think is necessary.

"He has to get going to keep the kids from transferring and concentrate on recruiting to keep some of the best kids here in the state, and I'm looking forward to seeing him go to work and bring the Hogs back to the top."

Ryan Maxwell is ready to meet the head coach of the Razorbacks.

"I'm excited, and I hope I can meet him, he's very experienced, even the NBA," said Maxwell.

Smith is a few years away from signing, but he likes the move.

"I think it was a big hiring for the program," Smith said. "The coach was able to help build a winning program in Nevada and I hope he will do the same with the Razorbacks."


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