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The Portal and The Importer

Eric Musselman and his staff continue to contact players in the NCAA Transfer Portal. What has happened this week?

NCAA Basketball: South Dakota at Nebraska Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

Arkansas Head Coach Eric Musselman has been deemed “The Importer” by Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports. Rothstein is known for his tweets that almost seemed scheduled after an Arkansas win.

The Arkansas staff contacted 75 transfers last recruiting cycle and that’s just the ones that were reported.

Each week I will update this with the new contacts Arkansas has made in the portal. Plus, updates on commitments and cut lists.

Something to remember about the transfer portal. Just because Arkansas has contacted a player doesn’t mean they are a top priority. If there’s anything we have learned about this staff is they are thorough. It is realistic to think that they have a list of their top priorities and then backups.

Another thing to remember is just because Arkansas makes a cut list for a recruit means they would take them. Recruits often add top programs to their cut lists for notoriety.

What Happened This Week

Another busy week in the portal. It was quieter on Arkansas’ side, but there were plenty of Arkansas contacts that committed elsewhere. With the Hogs having just 1 scholarship open, I expect them to sit on that spot for a while. Last year, we were caught totally off guard when Justin Smith called the Hogs for the first time in June. I think we could see something very similar to that this year.

New Contacts

Bryce Hamilton – UNLV
Darryl Morrell – Maryland
Ty Gordon – Nicholls St.

Updated Commitments and Cut Lists

Christian Bishop released his Top 3 that did not include Arkansas.
Tanner Groves released his Top 4 that did not include Arkansas.
Seth Lundy is returning to Penn St.
Noah Gurley committed to Alabama.
Parker Fox committed to Minnesota.
Taze Moore committed to Houston.
Phlandrous Fleming committed to Florida.
Xavier Pinson committed to LSU.
Myron Gordon committed to Bowling Green.
Cam Holden committed to Towson.
Jayden Gardner committed to Virginia.
Damari Monsanto committed to Wake Forest.
Noah Locke committed to Louisville.

Committed to Arkansas

Chris Lykes – Miami (FL)
5-7, 160
15.4 points, 1.1 steals, and 38.1% 3P%.

Au’Diese Toney – Pittsburgh
6-6, 210
14.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.4 steals, 46.4% FG%, and 34.0% 3P%.

Stanley Umude – South Dakota
6-6, 210
21.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 35.5% 3P%.

Arkansas Makes Cut List

Marvin Johnson – Eastern Illinois
6-6, 190
15.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.9 steals, 45.5% FG%

Arkansas has made Johnson’s Top 4 along with Drake, Mississippi St., and New Mexico St.

Contacted By Arkansas

David Collins – South Florida
6-4, 220
11.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 37.2% 3P%

Antonio Daye Jr. – Florida International
6-1, 188
17.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 4.7 rebounds

Ty Gordon – Nicholls St.
6-1, 200
14.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 3.7 assists

Bryce Hamilton – UNLV
6-4, 205
17.9 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.3 steals

Chandler Lawson – Oregon
6-8, 205
4.4 points and 3.5 rebounds

Darryl Morsell – Maryland
6-5, 200
9.0 points and 4.0 rebounds

Marlon Ruffin – Omaha
6-5, 195
13.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 38.3% 3P%

Contacts That Eliminated Arkansas

Paul Atkinson – Yale —> Notre Dame
Jamison Battle – George Washington —> Minnesota
A.J. Bramah - Robert Morris —> Arizona St.
Izaiah Brockington – Elected to stay at Penn St.
Nimari Burnett – Texas Tech —> Alabama
Matt Cross – Miami —> Louisville
Danilo Djuricic – Harvard —> Santa Clara
C.J. Felder – Boston College —> Florida
Plandrous Fleming – Charleston Southern —> Florida
Parker Fox – Northern St.(D2) —> Minnesota
Greg Gantt Jr. – Providence —> North Carolina St.
Jayden Gardner – East Carolina —> Virginia
Noah Gurley – Furman —> Alabama
Jamir Harris – American —> Seton Hall
Cam Holden – UT-Martin —> Towson
Marreon Jackson – Toledo —> Arizona St.
Zep Jasper – College of Charleston —> Auburn
Myreon Jones – Penn St. —> Florida
Noah Locke – Florida —> Louisville
Seth Lundy – Elected to stay at Penn St.
Charles Manning Jr. – LSU —> South Alabama
Caleb Mills – Houston —> Florida St.
Damari Monsanto – East Tennessee St. —> Wake Forest
Taze Moore – Cal State-Bakersfield —> Houston
Xavier Pinson – Missouri —> LSU
Justin Powell – Auburn —> Tennessee
Sean Rhea – Texas-Rio Grande Valley —> Cal Poly
Fatts Russell – Rhode Island —> Maryland
Stef Smith – Vermont —> St. John’s
Parker Stewart – UT-Martin —> Indiana
Kevion Taylor – Winona St.(D2) —> Valparaiso
Jase Townsend – Denver —> San Diego
Tyson Walker – Northeastern —> Michigan St.
Davion Warren – Hampton —> Memphis
Donavan Williams – Texas —> UNLV
Alexis Yetna – South Florida —> Seton Hall