Who is Au’Diese Toney? The 6’6 guard is your prototypical long wing player who has a very good downhill game and streaky three-point shooter. He has a solid game close to the basket and can get to the free throw line often. Which is something that resembles Arkansas’ first two teams under current head coach, Eric Musselman.
So, who is this Toney guy? Our friend Mike Wilson from Cardiac Hill gives us a rundown on him and what he will add to the Arkansas squad:
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Musselman does it again! He gets another tall, downhill scorer who isn’t afraid to engage in contact at the rim. He had it in Mason Jones and Jimmy Whitt in year one. Year two he had J.D. Notae and Devo Davis. Now, with those the latter two returning Toney will make up a three guard lineup at times that could be one of the toughest the Hogs have seen in a long time. It’s too early to tell but Musselman is showing he recruits guys that are tough!
This past season being a Covid-19 “free year” it gave many athletes the freedom to do what they wanted and be put first. Toney took advantage of that after missing two games early on. He would miss his teams final four games with his decision to “opt out” and transfer. After a month and a half he announced he would transfer to Arkansas.
In his 16 games for the Pitt Panthers, Toney scored a season high 22 points versus Duke at home in a 79-73 victory. Toney scored in double digits in 12 of the 16 games he played. He shot 55% on mid-range and closer while shooting a solid 34% from three.
WHERE WILL HE PLAY?
Positionless basketball has been a focal point in the early days with Musselman as head hog. At some points he has implemented small ball with five guards with Jalen Tate and Moses Moody being your post presence.
With the experience at forward and playing guard, Toney gives the Hogs a versatile athlete that will be open to playing any role next season.