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By Kevin McPherson

LITTLE ROCK -- For the first time since late April, Arkansas's coaching staff will be able to attend the various shoe-circuit events to watch prospects during the NCAA-sanctioned live-evaluation period that runs Thursday through Sunday of this week (July 11-14).

Arkansas associate head coach Chris Crutchfield will start out in Atlanta for the Under Armour Association circuit event, assistant coach Corey Williams will be in North Augusta, S.C., for the Nike Peach Jam, assistant coach Clay Moser will be in Hoover, Ala., for the Adidas Gauntlet Summer Championships, and Head Hog Eric Musselman will rotate between events as the four Razorbacks coaches will be evaluating prospects from the 2020, 2021, and 2022 classes.

Among the in-state players the Hogs' staff will be focusing on are four 2020 Arkansas offers who are ranked in the national Top 100: Moses Moody (6-6 wing, Little Rock native, 17U Brad Beal Elite, ESPN national No. 24 / 5-star prospect); Khalen "KK" Robinson (6-1 point guard, Bryant, 17U Nike Pro Skills, 247Sports.com national No. 67 / 4-star prospect); Jaylin Williams (6-10 forward / center, Fort Smith Northside, 17U Woodz Elite, 247Sports.com national No. 75 / 4-star prospect); and Chris Moore (6-6 combo forward, West Memphis, 17U Woodz Elite, 247Sports.com national No. 87 / 4-star prospect).

Robinson and Williams went head-to-head in March when Bryant and Northside met up in Hot Springs for the 6A state championship, and the pair will match up again on Thursday as Pro Skills and Woodz Elite will battle in pool play on the second day of the Nike Peach Jam. Both players had strong production and impact in the spring -- Robinson averaged 17.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 3.1 assists, while Williams averaged a double-double in scoring and rebounds. Both players went from being unranked to national Top 100 prospects with a plethora of high-major scholarship offers that followed.

"Thatís a game I look forward to," Robinson said of the Pro Skills-Woodz Elite matchup. "But nothing personal, just want to come out with a win."

Robinson -- he holds offers from Arkansas, Kansas, Texas Tech, Florida, TCU, Iowa State, Oklahoma, Illinois, and others -- said he will work on an official visit list shortly after Peach Jam. He took an unofficial visit to TCU in May and still has all five of his senior-year official visits to take.

"We'll pick those schools to take official visits on after we play in Peach Jam next week," Robinson said. "Just want to see where I stand on each school's board/radar."

Moody and Moore have been known national recruiting commodities for some time, and recently the pair teamed up for a private workout in West Memphis in preparation for the July live evaluation periods. Moore led the 17U Woodz in scoring (more than 17 points per game) during the Nike EYBL regular season, and he's been to the Nike Peach Jam championship game the past two season -- national runner-up in 2017 at Nike E15 Peach Jam, and national champion in 2018 at Nike E16 Peach Jam.

Moody has led 17U Brad Beal Elite in scoring while being one of the most efficient shooters on the Nike EYBL 17U circuit the past two years. Later in July, Moody will travel to Colorado Springs, Colo., to take part in Team USA 18U mini camp.

As for the 2021 in-state class, Hog coaches are planning to watch recent Arkansas offer Jalen Ricks (6-6 wing, Oak Hill Academy in Virginia by way of Sylvan Hills, national No. 167 prospect according to PrepHoops.com) as well as Arkansas interests Terran Williams (6-4 wing, Barton) and Tamaury Releford (6-8 forward / center, Fayetteville) -- all three play for the 16U Joe Johnson Hawks who will be competing in the Adidas Gauntlet Summer Championships.

Corey Williams' son -- 2022 guard Corey Williams, Jr. (Fayetteville High School) -- is expected to play up an age level and join 16U Woodz Elite this week. The 16U Woodz Elite squad also features Caleb Campbell (6-3 combo guard, Hot Springs), who had a breakout June and is drawing interest from TCU and New Mexico.

From the class of 2022, Arkansas offers Derrian Ford (6-3 point guard, Magnolia, 15U and 16U Team South, Under Armour Asssociation circuit) and Nick Smith, Jr. (6-3 combo guard, Sylvan Hills, 15U and 16U Brad Beal Elite, Nike E15 and E16 circuits) as well as Arkansas interest Quion Williams (6-3 combo guard, Jonesboro, 15U Joe Johnson Hawks) will be additional priorities for the Hogs' coaching staff.

Some of the out-of-state Arkansas targets that Razorbacks coaches will prioritize and watch include: 2020 Bryce Thompson (6-4 shooting guard, Tulsa Booker T. Washington, 17U OK Run PWP, 5-star prospect); 2021 Kennedy Chandler (6-0 point guard, Briarcrest Christian in Memphis, 17U Mokan Elite, 4-star prospect); 2020 Greg Brown (6-9 forward, Austin, TX, 17U Texas Titans, 5-star prospect); 2020 Cam'Ron Fletcher (6-6 wing / small forward, St. Louis Vashon, 17U Brad Beal Elite, 4-star prospect); 2020 Micah Peavy (6-5 wing, Duncanville, TX, 17U Nike Pro Skills, 4-star prospect); 2020 D.J. Steward (6-3 combo guard, Chicago Whitney Young, 17U Meanstreets, 4-star prospect); 2020 Jonathan Aku (6-10 forward / center, iSchool Academy in Texas, 4-star prospect); 2020 Jamille Reynolds (6-9 forward / center, Lakeland, Fla., 17U Nightrydas Elite, 4-star prospect); 2021 Harrison Ingram (6-7 combo forward, Dallas St. Mark's, 4-star prospect); 2021 Keon Edwards (6-7 combo forward, Houston, 17U Team Hardwork, 5-star prospect); 2021 Jerrell Colbert (6-9 center, Houston, 17U Team Hardwork, 4-star prospect); 2021 Manny Obaseki (6-2 combo guard, Allen, TX, 17U Team Mudiay Elite, 4-star prospect); 2020 Deivon Smith (6-0 point guard, Loganville, GA, 4-star prospect); 2020 Matthew Murrell (6-3 combo guard, Memphis Whitehaven, 17U Team Thad, 4-star prospect); 2021 Matthew Cleveland (6-6 shooting guard, Pace Academy in Georgia, 4-star prospect); 2021 Trey Alexander (6-5 combo guard, Heritage Hall in Oklahoma, 16U Team Griffin, 4-star prospect); 2021 Jaxson Robinson (6-6 wing, Ada, Okla., 16U Team Griffin, 4-star prospect); and 2021 Daimion Collins (6-9 forward / center, Atlanta, TX, 16U Team Griffin, 4-star prospect).

"Excited to show the coaches what Iíve been working on," Ingam said, "I have been told (Arkansas coaches will) be out to see me."
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