Turns out last week wasn't all bad for Razorback basketball.
Justice Hill, a 2019(!) prospect (he's a freshman this year), committed to Arkansas this weekend.
Hill plays point guard for Little Rock Christian and is quickly picking up steam in recruiting circles and is apparently considered a top player in the 2019 class. He averaged 14.9 points, 3.9 assists, and 2.6 rebounds per game as a 9th-grader. He was "selected to participate in the prestigious Pangos All American camp in the Los Angeles area in June.
"There's not many freshmen that get an invite to the Pangos," [Arkansas Hawks executive director Bill] Ingram said. "It's so unbelievable some of the stuff he can do as a ninth grader."
Many Arkansas fans are already familiar with his family. Hill's father is Fitz Hill, current president of Arkansas Baptist College and former assistant coach on the Arkansas football staff in the '90s under both Danny Ford and Houston Nutt. Of course, those are also years when Mike Anderson was an assistant on Nolan Richardson's staff and it seems clear the relationship between the Andersons and Hills is strong.
It's obviously far too soon to have any idea what Arkansas' roster situation will look like when it's time for Hill to sign, which wouldn't happen before November 2018. Arkansas only has one high school commitment signed for next year, Adrio Bailey, and he could feasibly be a senior in the 2020 season, which would be Hill's freshman campaign.
Supposedly, Hill is also a highly thought of football player for Little Rock Christian at quarterback and cornerback, so it should be fun to watch his career for the next several years.
On a personal note, I believe Hill is the first commitment for Arkansas who was not yet born when I graduated high school. This is what all the Valentine's Day chocolate is for, I believe.