Just when you thought the rest of the Razorback offseason was going to be quiet things took a turn on Tuesday as two more players exited the program and another assistant coach left for Oklahoma.
David Patrick seemed to have it all together in his lone season as the associate head coach of the men’s basketball program. A good guy that lost his head coaching job at a California division one school who shuttered their basketball program due to the pandemic. He even stepped in for one game when the Hogs hosted Abilene Christian in December when head coach Eric Musselman had to sit out due to Covid-19 protocols.
Coaches move around. Many are always looking how to work their way to the top. Don’t we all do that? Even if the rumor is true that Musselman demands a lot of time and expects a lot out of his men doesn’t make him a bad guy either. Who would you rather work a man that leads with reaching the top in mind. Or, would you rather work for a man that just seems careless and treading water?
Honestly, I’m doing whatever it takes to make it to the top no matter the cost!
Patrick would have made $600,000 next season. His buyout went to $0 on May 1st upon his contractual agreement.
I wish the best of luck to Coach Patrick and Razorback fans are appreciative of his role in leading the Hogs back to the Elite Eight!
On Monday, Eric Musselman announced that a familiar face of his past would be joining him in Fayetteville.
We are excited to announce @CoachArgenal as our newest assistant coach. Coach Argenal embodies what we are as a program and brings with him a wealth of coaching knowledge and experience. pic.twitter.com/jeihGVQvlg— Eric Musselman (@EricPMusselman) May 3, 2021
Gus Argenal is a solid addition to the staff as an assistant coach. He brings 17 years of experience to the staff. He most recently served with Musselman while he was at Nevada.
Argenal had been serving as the head coach at Cal State Fullerton. During his time at Nevada he helped recruit a former five star post player to the Wolfpack. He also coached now NBA players Cody and Caleb Martin who booth signed with the Charlotte Hornets. Jordan Caroline signed with the Los Angeles Lakers, and Tre’Shawn Thurman signed with the Detroit Pistons. Also, Jalen Harris – who redshirted with the Wolf Pack during the 2018-19 season – went on to be drafted in the second round by the Toronto Raptors in the 2020 NBA Draft.
It’s obvious Musselman puts an emphasis on getting his players to the NBA. His hires for his assistant coach spots here show that, too.
Anywho, the roster saw a couple of departures today. However, they weren’t seen as unexpected ones.
With Akol Mawein being released from his national letter of intent and Abayomi Iyiola entering the transfer portal here is where Arkansas currently sits with their scholarship situation:
G Chance Moore
G Devo Davis
G Chris Lykes
G JD Notae
G Au’Diese Toney
G KK Robinson
F Stanley Umude
F Kamani Johnson
F Connor Vanover
F Jaylin Williams
*THREE OPEN SPOTS*
With there being three spots open to close out the roster for 2021-22, who will the Hogs be targeting? You don’t have to go far because our Ben Brandon has you covered with the transfer portal: https://www.arkansasfight.com/2021/4/30/22412405/the-portal-and-the-importer-week-of-april-30
What is the next move for Arkansas?
One assistant coach position and three roster spots are open for Arkansas leading into the summer. It will certainly be some storylines to watch throughout the offseason.