Recruiting for Razorback basketball is continuing its upward trend, with the latest good news that 4-star combo guard Khalil Garland from Little Rock committed to Arkansas on Saturday.
Although he is from Little Rock and plays at Parkview, Garland plays AAU ball with Team Penny out of Memphis. Josh Pastner initially landed Garland’s commitment at Memphis, but Garland decommitted after Pastner bolted for Georgia Tech. Garland has earned a nice collection of offers from the likes of UConn, Florida, Oregon, Pitt, Texas A&M, LSU, Cal, Alabama, Baylor and others.
As a 6’6" guard, Garland will provide the Hogs with size and athleticism in the backcourt to go along with a senior guard group of Jaylen Barford, Daryl Macon, and Anton Beard in the 2017-18 season* *if everybody stays as scheduled.
This is what his AAU coach said about him when Garland committed to Memphis in March:
Khalil is a 6-6 guy that can run faster than everybody you have on your team. He can play downhill with the best of them...He's one of the most versatile players in the country. He played the point at the (Nike) Peach Jam, but at times he guarded the (opposing center). We played Each 1 Teach 1, which was one of the biggest teams in the Nike league, I played him at the point on offense and at the 4 on defense and he had 18 points and 18 rebounds.
Garland is the next in what the Hogs are hoping is a rich line of in-state talent that could push the program to another level. He’s a 4-star combo guard according to 247sports’ composite rating and is ranked as high as 61st nationally according to ESPN.
He joins what is looking like a good 2017 class along with current commits Daniel Gafford - a composite top 50 power forward from El Dorado - and Darious Hall - a small forward from Little Rock who has hovered around 4-star status during his recruitment.
Not that it really matters this early, but Arkansas’ 2017 class is currently ranked in the top 10 nationally with at least one more scholarship available to give.