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Author Topic: UA transfer portal update 4.0: Hogs reach out to Belmont 3-pt ace Adam Kunkel  (Read 3780 times)

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UPDATE / EDIT (July 22, 2020) ...

By Kevin McPherson

LITTLE ROCK -- Belmont sophomore-transfer Adam Kunkel entered the transfer portal on Tuesday, and not known for being late to the portal party Eric Musselman has Arkansas among the first throng of schools to reach out.

Kunkel (6-3, 165, guard, native of Hebron, Ky.) confirmed with Hogville.net on Wednesday that the Razorbacks have indeed initiated contact with him. According to Wednesday reporting by ESPN's Jeff Borzello, multiple high-major programs have reached out to Kunkel -- Kentucky, Louisville, Oklahoma, St. John's, Cincinnati, Iowa State, Creighton, Xavier, and Dayton.

One of the top 3-point shooters in the country combining volume and efficiency and the Bruins' leading scorer, Kunkel was first-team All Ohio Valley Conference as a sophomore in 2019-20 after starting 32 of 33 games and averaging 16.5 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 2.6 assists in 29.8 minutes while shooting 43.3% from the field -- including an impressive 83-of-213 from 3 for 39.0% -- and 82.1% from the free throw line.

Kunkel scored 20 or more points 8 times last season, including a career-high 35 (10-of-20 field goals, including 5-of-9 from 3, and 10-of-10 free throws) in Belmont's road win, 100-85, over Boston College of the ACC in November. He also had 16 points in Belmont's 76-75 win over Murray State in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament championship game on March 7, which punched Belmont's NCAAT automatic bid ticket had the season not ended abruptly due to the coronavirus pandemic. Both teams tied for the regular-season OVC title at 15-3 as Belmont finished 26-7 overall.

Barring an NCAA waiver for immediate playing eligibility, Kunkel would sit out a transfer-redshirt season in '20-21 with two years of playing eligibility beginning in '21-22.

The Kentucky native is thought to be a priority target of the homestate Wildcats of the SEC with Louisville, Cincy, and Xavier all being destinations that are close to home.

Arkansas may be in a position to have an open scholarship soon if junior guard Isaiah Joe -- the top 3-point shooter in the SEC and arguably the best in the country -- opts to remain in the 2020 NBA Draft pool (he has an NCAA-mandated Aug. 3 deadline to withdraw from the draft if he wishes to return to school).

As good as Kunkel is from distance (mostly as a confident spot-up shooter with some economized dribble set-up), he's also crafty and aggressive in transition as he attacks defenders and the rim with skill and purpose.


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UPDATE / EDIT (2:35 p.m. CT, June 6, 2020) ...

By Kevin McPherson

LITTLE ROCK -- For the second consecutive season St. John's star L.J. Figueroa has entered the transfer portal, but this time around it appears he could be close to choosing a new college destination for his final season of eligibility.

It's also the second year in a row the Arkansas Razorbacks have shown interest in Figueroa (6-6, 195), and multiple sources over the past week have confirmed that head coach Eric Musselman has spoken at least twice with him since May 29 as the highly coveted wing closes in on his decision.

According to source information provided on Thursday, Auburn and Oregon are currently in the lead and Figueroa "could make an announcement in the next 4 to 5 days."

Figueroa reportedly has also received significant interest from Memphis, Texas Tech, Dayton, Ohio State, Georgia Tech, and UCLA among others.

When Figueroa made the decision to enter the portal last year following his sophomore season with the Red Storm (2018-19), he flirted with the idea of visiting Arkansas under the new leadership of Musselman before ultimately electing to remain at St. John's for his junior season under new Red Storm head coach and former Head Hog Mike Anderson.

Figuero also currently has his name in the NBA Draft pool, although his recent decision to enter the portal likely signifies that he plans to return to college -- albeit at a new school -- for his senior season. Barring a waiver from the NCAA for immeditate eligibility, Figueroa would sit a redshirt-transfer season in '20-21 with one season to play in '21-22.

Figueroa started all 32 games in '19-20 and averaged 14.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 1.9 steals in 28.3 minutes per game while shooting 37.9% from the field (including 72-of-197 from 3 for 36.5%) and 66.3% from the free throw line. He scored 20 or more points six times as a junior, including a career-high 28 points in a 79-66 win over DePaul in January.

As a sophomore in '18-19, Figueroa started 32 of 34 games and averaged 14.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 1.8 steals in 32.0 minutes per game while shooting 51.3% from the field (including 51-of-133 from 3 for 38.3%) and 62.7% from the free throw line.

With Arkansas star guard Isaiah Joe still in the NBA Draft pool with a pushed-out NCAA deadline for underclassmen to withdraw no later than 10 days after the NBA draft combine or by August 3 -- whichever comes first -- Musselman has continued to evaluate transfer options as he considers both perimeter and frontline prospects.


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UPDATE / EDIT (8:57 a.m. CT, Tuesday, May 26, 2020) ...

By Kevin McPherson

LITTLE ROCK -- There is familiarity between Indiana grad-transfer Justin Smith and the Arkansas Razorbacks, and it appears second-year head coach Eric Musselman has already reached out to the versatile forward.

Smith (6-7, 230, native of Buffalo Grove, IL) -- he has faced the Hogs three times in the past two seasons -- entered the transfer portal last week and according to reporting by ESPN's Jeff Borzello he's been contacted by at least 20 schools, including Arkansas, Mississippi State, Purdue, Notre Dame, Oregon, Maryland, Arizona State, North Carolina State, Xavier, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Iowa State, Northwestern, Georgetown, DePaul, and Boston College among others.

Smith started all 32 games as a junior in 2019-20 and averaged 10.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.0 steals in 30.4 minutes per game -- all career-high marks -- while shooting 49.2% from the field (including 10-of-38 from 3 for 26.3%) and 67.3% from the free throw line.

In 3 career games played against Arkansas -- a 71-64 home loss last season and a home-and-away split in '18-19 -- Smith registered a combined 9 points (on 3-of-13 field goals and 3-of-6 free throws) and 9 rebounds in 51 minutes.

Smith will have one season of immediate playing eligibility in 2020-21.

* Arkansas has also reached out to Utah sophomore-transfer Both Gach, according to a source.

Gach (6-6, 183, wing, native of Austin, Minn.) has also heard from Minnesota, Auburn, Vanderbilt, Maryland, Oregon, Creighton, Georgetown, Illinois, Nevada, and Utah State, according to reporting last week by CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein.

Gach started 21 of 27 games as a sophomore in '19-20 and averaged 10.7 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 2.9 assists in 30.4 minutes while shooting 39.7% from the field (including 30-of-120 from 3 for 25.0%) and 77.5% from the free throw line.

Barring a waiver from the NCAA for immediate eligibility, Gach will have a redshirt-transfer season in '20-21 with two years to play beginning in '21-22.

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UPDATE / EDIT (Wednesday, May 20, 2020) ...
By Kevin McPherson

LITTLE ROCK -- Georgetown sophomore-transfer Mac McClung named Arkansas among his final 7 schools on Wednesday, a list that also includes Auburn, Memphis, Texas Tech, Southern Cal, Wake Forest, and BYU.

McClung (6-2 guard, native of Gate City, Va.) was a social media phenom in high school due to his aerial assaults on the rim and alpha-mentality as a scorer, and he recently removed his name from NBA Draft consideration to pursue a return to the college game. Barring a waiver from the NCAA for immediate eligibility, he would have one year to sit out as a transfer-redshirt with two seasons to play beginning in 2021-22.

McClung started 20 of 21 games in '19-20 and averaged 15.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.4 steals in 26.9 minutes while shooting 39.4% from the field (including 32.3% from 3) and 80.2% from the free throw line. He missed the Hoyas' last 11 games with a foot injury.

McClung scored 20 or more points seven times as a sophomore -- exactly one-third of the games he played in -- including a 33-point outburst in an 81-74 win at Oklahoma State on Dec. 4. He also averaged 25.0 points in four wins against Georgia State, Syracuse, Samford, and St. John's.

As a freshman in '18-19, McClung started all 29 games and averaged 13.1 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 2.0 assists in 26.4 minutes while shooting 39.2% from the field (including 27.7$ from 3) and 79.8% from the free throw line. He scored 21 or more points six times, including his career-high 38 points in a 102-94 overtime win over the Little Rock Trojans on Dec. 22, 2018.

Not including star guard Isaiah Joe -- who is in the NBA Draft pool, at least for now -- Arkansas has six guards in the fold for the '20-21 season: junior Desi Sills, junior-transfer JD Notae, grad-transfer Jalen Tate, and freshmen Moses Moody, Khalen "KK" Robinson, and Davonte "Devo" Davis.

The Hogs' 2020 recruiting class is currently ranked No. 5 in the nation by ESPN.


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From Sunday, May 17, 2020 ...

By Kevin McPherson

LITTLE ROCK -- It's been more than a week since Arkansas contacted East Tennessee State junior-transfer Bo Hodges, who included the Razorbacks among his Top 5 schools that he announced Sunday via Twitter.

Hodges (6-5, 210, native of Nashville, TN) is down to the Hogs, Minnesota, Butler, Tennessee State, or returning to East Tennessee State. He has a long list of interested schools that also includes Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Xavier, and DePaul among others.

A source confirmed that Hodges recently had a virtual tour with Arkansas head coach Eric Musselman.

Barring a waiver for immediate eligibility, Hodges will sit out a transfer season before having one more year to play in 2021-22. ETSU head coach Steve Forbes recently left the school to take over as head coach at Wake Forest of the ACC, replacing Danny Manning.

Hodges started all 33 games in '19-20 and averaged 12.7 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.4 steals in 29.9 minutes while shooting 50.2% field goals (including 15-of-60 from 3 for 25.0%) and 63.7% from the free throw line.

Hodges started 60 of 62 games spanning his sophomore and junior seasons at ETSU. In a 75-63 loss at then-No. 4 Kansas in November, 2019, Hodges finished with 22 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 steals, and 1 assist.



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From Saturday, May 16, 2020 ...

By Kevin McPherson

LITTLE ROCK -- With the NCAA lifting its June 3 deadline for college underclassmen to withdraw from the 2020 NBA Draft coupled with Arkansas star guard Isaiah Joe currently interviewing with NBA teams as he weighs his options, it's understandable that Razorbacks head coach Eric Musselman continues to work the transfer portal as he considers backcourt options for his 2020-21 roster.

The NCAA has not announced a new deadline as it will likely take its cues from the NBA which is still sorting out completing its 2019-20 season before rescheduling dates for the draft lottery, draft combine, and draft (originally scheduled for late June) due to the covid-19 pandemic.

It's a dicey situation that could tempt Musselman -- if Joe returns, his Hogs are maxed out at the 13 scholarship limit -- to go ahead and add another guard, then deal with the numbers later should Joe choose to return for his junior season.

Two guard transfers who recently popped up on Arkansas's recruiting radar are two names that carry some national name recognition.

Southern Cal sophomore-transfer Elijah Weaver (6-6 wing, native of Cocoa, Fla.) was ESPN's No. 37-ranked prospect coming out of high school in the class of 2018, and on Friday he announced via Twitter his 3 finalists -- the Hogs, Dayton, and Central Florida. He's expected to announce his commitment in June.



Since entering the transfer portal on April 28, Weaver reportedly has also heard from Alabama, Marquette, and South Florida among other programs.

A source told Hogville.net in early May that Arkansas was looking at Weaver, who started 14 of 31 games as a sophomore in '19-20 and averaged 6.6 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 1.8 assists in 22.1 minutes while shooting 41.1% from the field (including 32.9% from 3) and 55.2% from the free throw line.

Barring a waiver from the NCAA for immediate eligibility, Weaver would have one year to sit out as a transfer-redshirt with two seasons to play beginning in '21-22.

Georgetown sophomore-transfer Mac McClung (6-2 guard, native of Gate City, Va.) was a social media phenom in high school due to his aerial assaults on the rim, and according to national media reports he has been contacted by Arkansas as well as many other high-major programs.

McClung averaged 15.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.4 steals per game in '19-20.

McClung removed his name from NBA Draft consideration last week. Barring a waiver from the NCAA for immediate eligibility, he would have one year to sit out as a transfer-redshirt with two seasons to play beginning in '21-22.

Not including Joe, Arkansas currently has six guards in the fold for the '20-21 season: junior Desi Sills, junior-transfer JD Notae, grad-transfer Jalen Tate, and freshmen Moses Moody, Khalen "KK" Robinson, and Davonte "Devo" Davis.

The Hogs' 2020 recruiting class is ranked No. 5 in the nation by ESPN.



For previous / recent Arkansas transfer portal updates published here at Hogville.net, click the links below ...

* Arkansas Transfer Portal Updates 3.0 ... https://forums.hogville.net/index.php?topic=711684.0

* Arkansas Transfer Portal Updates 2.0 ... https://forums.hogville.net/index.php?topic=711466.0

* Arkansas Transfer Portal Updates ... https://forums.hogville.net/index.php?topic=711116.0
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ETSU junior-transfer Bo Hodges names Hogs among his Final 5 schools
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2020, 06:23:00 pm »

By Kevin McPherson

LITTLE ROCK -- It's been more than a week since Arkansas contacted East Tennessee State junior-transfer Bo Hodges, who included the Razorbacks among his Top 5 schools that he announced Sunday via Twitter.

Hodges (6-5, 210, native of Nashville, TN) is down to the Hogs, Minnesota, Butler, Tennessee State, or returning to East Tennessee State. He has a long list of interested schools that also includes Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Xavier, and DePaul among others.

A source confirmed that Hodges recently had a virtual tour with Arkansas head coach Eric Musselman.

Barring a waiver for immediate eligibility, Hodges will sit out a transfer season before having one more year to play in 2021-22. ETSU head coach Steve Forbes recently left the school to take over as head coach at Wake Forest of the ACC, replacing Danny Manning.

Hodges started all 33 games in '19-20 and averaged 12.7 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.4 steals in 29.9 minutes while shooting 50.2% field goals (including 15-of-60 from 3 for 25.0%) and 63.7% from the free throw line.

Hodges started 60 of 62 games spanning his sophomore and junior seasons at ETSU. In a 75-63 loss at then-No. 4 Kansas in November, 2019, Hodges finished with 22 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 steals, and 1 assist.



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