FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Just a few hours after landing a 20-player signing class ranked in the top 25 nationally, Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema announced the addition of five preferred walk-ons that will join the team in the summer. These five players are part of Arkansas’ incoming 2016 class.
The entire Arkansas coaching staff gathered at the intersection of Razorback Rd and Cleveland St in Fayetteville (the top of the basketball team's infamous Cleveland Hill) as a clever way to get Tyrie Cleveland's attention. This was tweeted by one of Cleveland's relatives. Also, Richard Davenport reported tonight Arkansas was in Cleveland's final three. He'll make his announcement at 8:00 am Wednesday morning.
The second Razorback to win the award this year after Anthlon Bell. From the press release: "averaged 17.5 points and 11 rebounds in wins over No. 5 Texas A&M and Texas Tech. Kingsley posted 18 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and two blocks to hand No. 5 Texas A&M its first conference loss of the year. After going scoreless and without a rebound in the first half against Texas Tech, he recorded a double-double the rest of the way with 17 points and 11 rebounds in the overtime victory. He hit the first bucket of overtime against Texas Tech and scored four points and added three rebounds in the extra period. Kingsley has three consecutive double-doubles and ranks second in the SEC with 11 double-doubles on the year. He is one of five Power Five Conference players in the country with 11-plus double-doubles this season."
The GOAT was here!
It appears Arkansas is going to continue hanging banners for the basketball legends after beginning last year. Eddie Sutton will have his own banner unveiled during halftime of the Missouri game on February 20th.
Pretty much says it all right there.
There has been no confirmation on Arkansas' end, but plenty of folks in Philly are saying this is expected to happen. It's bad timing for Arkansas with Signing Day less than two weeks away. You have to wonder how this would affect the thinking of commits Kiel Pollard and Briston Guidry, both out of state commits but still taking visits. Pollard is from Georgia, which is Segrest's main recruiting territory, and Guidry is a defensive lineman, which is what Segrest coaches.
Thomas is a 6'7" forward from Huntington Prep by way of Memphis. He's ranked #102 overall on Rivals and #155 on the composite rankings. As you can see from the tweet, his other finalists are Louisville, LSU, and Maryland but he also holds offers from Memphis, Iowa State, Baylor, Tennessee, Florida, and others. He's visiting Louisville soon. Arkansas has one spot remaining in the 2016 class as of now.
Jimmy Dykes and crew struggled pretty badly to start the season, suffering a 5-9 start to the season and opening SEC play with a 85-32 loss to South Carolina, but the Razorbacks are coming together and have won three of their last four games - all to ranked teams - against Gary Blair's Texas A&M team, Tennessee's Lady Vols, and today against Missouri. Could be interesting to see how they close their season.
Despite what Kliff Kingsbury would want you to believe, Bret Bielema is very popular on the conference/convention circuit - even in Texas. So much so that this year he's been invited to speak at the enormously popular South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin on March 11th. Bielema will be part of a panel discussing the virtual reality technology Arkansas used this past season, and will run through plays for the audience. Details can be found here.