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For those who don't venture over to the Basketball Recruiting forum ...

By Kevin McPherson

LITTLE ROCK -- The message conveyed this week by the Arkansas Fantastic Four: Help is on the way, Razorback Nation!

With the 2019-20 season barreling down the tracks toward March Madness, there is postseason uncertainty surrounding Eric Musselman's first version of the Arkansas basketball program that still has plenty of work to do to qualify for the NCAA tournament.

Injuries and the grind of SEC play for a team lacking size and depth have factored into a 2-6 stretch in their last 8 games, but regardless of what happens to close out the current season the Hoop Hogs (16-8 overall, 4-7 SEC) appear certain to add four talented reinforcements for '20-21 when the spring signing period begins on April 11.

Four high school seniors from Arkansas ranked among the national Top 100 prospects -- Davonte "Devo" Davis (letter of intent already signed), Moses Moody (committed), Jaylin Williams (committed), and Khalen "KK" Robinson (committed) -- comprise a 2020 class for the Razorbacks that ESPN ranks as the 6th-best recruiting haul in the nation.

It's a quartet that is solid to Arkansas and all could be moved in and on campus in Fayetteville as soon as the end of May.

"Seeing them (the Hogs) struggle just makes me canít wait to get there even more," said Williams (6-10 forward / center, Fort Smith Northside, composite national No. 71 / 4-star prospect). "I know me, Devo, Moses, & KK are all thinking the same thing, that we are going to make a difference come next year. With Zai (Arkansas sophomore Isaiah Joe) being out knowing heís their second leading scorer I know itís hard for the team.

"Some guys have to step up more than they're used too, some guys are getting more playing time than they're used to. They are still adapting to have Zai out so I think they will get it together soon."

Williams confirmed he's solid in his pledge to Arkansas.

"Yes Iím still signing (with the Hogs)," Williams said.

Robinson said he's all Hog as well.

"I'm still tuned in to every game," said Robinson (6-1 point guard, Bryant, Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, composite national No. 70 / 4-star prospect). "I'm an Arkansas fan ... there's always ups and downs in life, especially basketball. They'll be all right. Yes, my commitment is still solid."

Davis believes the Hogs can right the ship for a March run, and he foresees a bright future beyond that.

"A lot of teams these days have their ups and downs, and I think they'll be a very good team down the stretch," said Davis (6-4 point guard, Jacksonville, ESPN national No. 83 / 4-star prospect). "Coming into March is the key point, so I think down the stretch they should be pretty good. I'm sure Coach Musselman and his staff will get them together, seal the deal, and get the job done.

"Next year going in I think we'll be pretty good. Adding a lot of pieces to the puzzle of course, being able to compete and accomplish a lot of goals."

Moody, whose No. 1 and undefeated Montverde Academy squad will next play during the Geico national championship tournament in early April, returned home to Little Rock for a few days this week and will attend the Arkansas-Mississippi State game at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville on Saturday.

"They are missing one of the top shooter/scorers in the country," Moody (6-5 shooting guard, Little Rock native, ESPN national No. 38 / 4-star prospect) said of the Hogs playing without Joe for the time being. "They really rose to the occasion and beat TCU. They battled Auburn to the last buzzer but fell short. So the only real struggle I have seen is the Tennessee game.

"They're going to be good. I still have the same amount of trust in coach (Musselman) and the program as everyone had when they were undefeated."




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The incoming freshmen are really really good.  I wish we could borrow at least one for the Mississippi State game. Not that he is equal at this time but Jaylin Williams would help us match up against Perry.  And, any of the other three would help us with ball handling, defense, and shooting.
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leroyhawg


I hope each of them nothing but the best, as they close one Chapter in their lives and become a Great first Class by Muss. As they open a new Chapter.
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Other years I'd get worried if the team isn't doing well that commits will Reggie Perry the Hogs and go someplace else. Not this year.

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2020-2021 Additions:

6'1" KK Robinson (4star, Top 100 recruit)
6'2" JD Notae (15.5ppg, 1.7stls in 2 seasons)
6'4" Devonte Davis (4star, Top 100 recruit)
6'5" Moses Moody (4star, Top 40 recruit)
6'9" Abayomi Iyiola (10.4ppg, 6.9rpg in 2 seasons)
6'10" Jaylin Williams (4star, Top 100 recruit)
7'3" Connor Vanover (12ppg, 5rpg, 2blks in last 11 games in Pac12)

How can anyone not be excited about next season? If Muss was competitive this season with the roster he was left with, how great are we going to be next season?

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Other years I'd get worried if the team isn't doing well that commits will Reggie Perry the Hogs and go someplace else. Not this year.

Agreed.  These young men seem as committed more than ever.  They are salivating and can't wait to get out there for Coach Muss and turn Hawgball up a notch or two. 

Love these attitudes!!!

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Robinson & Moody, two that will help immediately and the most.  The other two will be good, but might take a year of development.
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2020-2021 Additions:

6'1" KK Robinson (4star, Top 100 recruit)
6'2" JD Notae (15.5ppg, 1.7stls in 2 seasons)
6'4" Devonte Davis (4star, Top 100 recruit)
6'5" Moses Moody (4star, Top 40 recruit)
6'9" Abayomi Iyiola (10.4ppg, 6.9rpg in 2 seasons)
6'10" Jaylin Williams (4star, Top 100 recruit)
7'3" Connor Vanover (12ppg, 5rpg, 2blks in last 11 games in Pac12)

How can anyone not be excited about next season? If Muss was competitive this season with the roster he was left with, how great are we going to be next season?

You are 100% correct!  With the system installed and energy of this staff, the SEC is on noticed!!!  I would love to see a 6'6"-6'7" true wing and/or another big.  Muss will not have a problem expanding his rotation with little to no drop off.  The new additions to go along with:

Chaney
Joe (Possible)
Mase (Possible/likely)
J5
Desi
Henderson (Potential Transfer)

That's a very deeeeepppppp team!!!  WPS!
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Other years I'd get worried if the team isn't doing well that commits will Reggie Perry the Hogs and go someplace else. Not this year.
I donít think a team that made the tourney two years ago should be worried losing Reggie Perry, but it happened. Most likely not coaching reasons, while Muss is looking at a new record of losing 4 straight at Bud Walton, that has never happened.
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