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2023 Arkansas Offers

Eric Musselman has made recruiting fun for the Arkansas faithful. The Importer takes recruiting the transfer portal to the next level, but he and his staff know how to attack the high school ranks as well.

Arkansas brought in the 9th ranked recruiting class in 2020 and nabbed just the 2nd 4-Star from out of state since 2015 in 2021 wing Chance Moore.

We all know the attention the 2022 class has drawn from Arkansas fans. And it’s been for good reason. The Arkansas staff handed out 6 offers to in-state recruits in the class of 2022 and have hosted top prospects from all over the country on official visits.

But what about the class of 2023? We know the Arkansas staff is extremely thorough so they already have a head start! The wide net that the staff casts looks like this:

Players offered in 2020 class: 43
Players offered in 2021 class: 40
Players offered in 2022 class: 42
Players offered in 2023 class: 15
Players offered in 2024 class: 2
Transfers contacted in 2020 offseason: 70+
Transfers contacted in 2021 offseason: 74+

So let’s review who Arkansas has offered so far!

The Names Everyone Knows

Layden Blocker – Little Rock, AR – 6-2, 160 PG – 4-Star #33(Rivals) –
Offered by Arkansas on October 8, 2020

Blocker has transferred to Sunrise Christian Academy in Bel Aire, KS to face tougher competition and receive elite coaching in the high school ranks. He is a high IQ player and athletic too. He will be definitely be a top priority for Arkansas going forward. Blocker currently has offers from Auburn, Baylor, UCA, Creighton, Kansas, Mississippi St., Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Oral Roberts, Southern Miss, St. John’s, TCU, Texas Tech, Tulane, and Virginia Tech. Blocker has already visited Arkansas unofficially.

Bryson Warren – Little Rock, AR – 6-2, 160 G – 5-Star #16(ESPN) –
Offered by Arkansas on January 17, 2020

The other in-state 2023 star is Bryson Warren. He can shoot the cover off of the ball and has performed well in high school and AAU circuits. Warren also has now transferred out of state as he will play at Link Year Prep Academy in Branson, Missouri. He holds offers from Alcorn St., Arizona St., Auburn, Georgetown, Kansas, Kansas St., Maryland, Memphis, Oklahoma, Oklahoma St., Ole Miss, Oral Roberts, Seton Hall, St. John’s, TCU, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt, and Virginia Tech.

Dajuan Wagner Jr. – Camden, NJ – 6-3, 165 PG – 5-Star #1(Composite) –
Offered by Arkansas on June 28, 2021

The #1 player in 2023! Wagner has ties to this Arkansas staff. His grandfather played for Eric Musselman in the CBA and his father played for Arkansas assistant Keith Smart while in Cleveland. He has received just 3 scholarship offers at this point from Arkansas, Temple, and Villanova. It seems likely Wagner is headed for the pro route. Kentucky has had a lot of early contact with him as well.

Mikey Williams – San Diego, CA – 6-2, 175 CG – 5-Star #3(Composite) –
Offered by Arkansas on November 17, 2019

Mikey Williams is an internet sensation. The young gun has over 3.1 million followers on Instagram and his freakish athletic dunks has gone viral on YouTube over and over again. Mikey released a Top 10 in 2020, but rescinded some time later as he continues to explore his options. He has been vocal about supporting and uplifting HBCUs. He has even hinted at making an HBCU his collegiate choice. The pro route is definitely a possibility for Williams. He holds offers from Alabama St., Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Arizona, Arizona St., Florida A&M, Grambling St., Hampton, Jackson St., Kansas, LSU, Memphis, New Mexico, Norfolk St., North Carolina Central, Oregon, San Diego, San Diego St., South Carolina St., Southern, Tennessee, Tennessee St., Texas Southern, Texas Tech, UCLA, and USC.

New Names

Taylor Bol Bowen – Newport, RI – 6-8, 195 F – 5-Star #23(Composite) –
Offered by Arkansas on April 9, 2021

He has offers from Bryant, Dayton, George Mason, Iowa, Kansas St., Marquette, Maryland, Ohio, Penn St., Providence, Rutgers, UCONN, USC, and Vermont.

Stephon Castle – Covington, GA – 6-6, 190 G – 4-Star #31(Composite) –
Offered by Arkansas on June 23, 2021

He holds offers from Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Miami, Ohio, Ole Miss, Seton Hall, UCONN, USF, and Vanderbilt.

Zayden High – Spring Branch, TX – 6-8, 175 F – No Ranking Yet –
Offered by Arkansas on June 28, 2021

He holds offers from Houston, Oral Roberts, Texas-Rio Grande Valley, and Texas-San Antonio.

Tyler Smith – Richmond, TX - 6-9, 205 F – 5-Star #15 –
Offered by Arkansas on June 28, 2021

He holds offers from Auburn, Baylor, Georgia Tech, Houston, Kansas, Kentucky, Stanford, Texas Tech, UCLA, and USC.

Ja’Kobe Walter – McKinney, TX – 6-5, 180 G – 4-Star #16(247) –
Offered by Arkansas on June 28, 2021

He holds offers from Alabama, Auburn, Baylor, Kansas, Memphis, Oklahoma, Oklahoma St., SMU, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech.

Wesley Yates III – Beaumont, TX – 6-4, 200 G – Not Ranking Yet –
Offered by Arkansas on June 28, 2021

He holds offers from Baylor, Georgia Tech, Houston, Illinois, Oklahoma St., TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Tulsa, and UNLV.

Other Offers

Omaha Biliew – De Moines, IA – 6-8, 200 F – 5-Star #6 –
Offered by Arkansas on May 13, 2020

He holds offers from Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Nebraska, and Western Kentucky.

Brady Dunlap – Studio Hall, CA – 6-7, 180 G – 3-Star #71(247) –
Offered by Arkansas on October 17, 2020

He holds offers from Loyola Marymount and Rice.

Jalen Lewis – Oakland, CA – 6-8, 215 F – 5-Star #12(Composite) –
Offered by Arkansas on July 20, 2020

He holds offers from Arizona St., Cal, Georgetown, Kansas, Kentucky, Stanford, Texas Tech, UCLA, and USC.

Justin McBride – Dallas, TX – 6-8, 205 F – 4-Star #33(Composite) –
Offered by Arkansas on October 6, 2020

He holds offers from Kansas and TCU.

Gus Yalden – Appleton, WI – 6-8, 240 F – 4-Star #32(Composite) –
Offered by Arkansas on April 7, 2021

The Gus Buss meeting up with the Muss Bus? He holds offers from Auburn, Florida St., Illinois, Iowa, Louisville, Marquette, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Rutgers, Stanford, TCU, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Xavier.

As you can see, the Arkansas staff shoots for the stars every class. They want the best of the best. While we still have to see how the class of 2022 plays out. The class of 2023 is already taking shape as we see who the early targets are.

To keep up with all the latest offers in any class, check out my Google Doc here:

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