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UPDATE / EDIT (4:44 p.m. CT, Thursday, July 2, 2020) ...

By Kevin McPherson

LITTLE ROCK -- Just like he did in wrapping up the four Top 100 nationally ranked in-state hoopers from the class of 2020, Arkansas head coach Eric Musselman is prioritizing the talent-rich in-state class of 2022 prospects, five of which hold Hog offers.

Musselman and his Razorbacks coaching staff were burning up the text and phone lines just after midnight on June 15 -- the first day that college coaches could make direct contact with 2022 prospects -- and the in-state recruits were among the very first to hear from Arkansas.

Fast-forward to this week, and Musselman and his staff were busy on Monday and Tuesday doing virutal / Zoom meetings with 2022 Hog offers Derrian Ford (6-4 combo guard, Magnolia, national No. 38 / 4-star prospect according to Rivals.com); Nick Smith, Jr. (6-5 combo guard, Sylvan Hills, national No. 42 / 4-star prospect according to Rivals.com); Joseph Pinion (6-6 combo guard, Morrilton, national No. 90 / 4-star prospect according to Rivals.com); Kel'el Ware (6-11 forward / center, North Little Rock, national No. 124 / 3-star prospect according to Rivals.com); and Javion Guy-King (6-5 wing, Little Rock Mills).

Ford and Ware had their meetings with the Hogs' staff on Monday.

"It was amazing," Ford said. "We talked about how they could develop me for the NBA and also how to brand myself."

Ford has picked up offers from Texas Tech and Missouri since June 15 to go with offers he already held from the Hogs, Kansas, Baylor, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Vanderbilt, Texas A&M, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, TCU, Oklahoma State, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Arkansas State, Fresno State, Rice, and Oral Roberts.

"It went great," Ware said of his Zoom meeting with Arkansas coaches on Monday. "They talked about the facilities, the education, they talked about what the coaches did in the NBA. They talked about that I have an upside -- I can score when I'm at the basket, and I've got a nice shot in the mid-range."

Ware -- he recorded double-doubles last weekend in a grassroots hoops event in Missouri -- has picked up offers from Kansas, Texas Tech, Illinois, and Tulsa since June 15 to go with offers he already held from the Hogs, Virginia Tech, Texas A&M, TCU, UCA, and Alcorn State.

Smith, Pinion, and Guy-King had their meetings with the Hogs' staff on Tuesday.

"It was good," Smith said. "They were talking to me about a little bit of their background and how much experience they have with the NBA, how they can get my game to the next level bccause they know what it takes."

Smith has picked up offers from Alabama, Auburn, Kansas State, Georgetown, Murray State, and St. Louis since June 15 to go with offers he already held from the Hogs, Texas, Florida, Ole Miss, Oklahoma State, St. John's, DePaul, Tulsa, and Oral Roberts.

"It went well, the whole staff was there," Pinion said. "They were just showing me their coaching resume and that they are great coaches and a lot of experience in all different leagues and how they can help me after college once I stop playing basketball."

Pinion has picked up offers from Baylor, Oklahoma, TCU, and Murray State since June 15 to go with offers he already held from the Hogs, Kansas, Ole Miss, Creighton, DePaul, Tulsa, UCA, South Alabama, and Oral Roberts.

"They talked a lot about the program and the experience that the coaches have, that was mostly what the Zoom meeting was about today," Guy-King said. "Arkansas has shown the most interest contacting me. I talk to Coach Corey (Williams) a lot about the game and the stuff I need to work on ... I think it's a strong connection."

Guy-King reports offers from Arkansas, Arkansas State, UCA, and Alcorn State.

Linked below are recent highlights of Ford, Pinion, Smith, Ware, and Guy-King ...

Pinion ... https://www.hudl.com/video/3/10571721/5e72850b688e3b0a283a5fbe

Smith ... https://twitter.com/ARHoopScoop/status/1275907536751919106?s=20

Smith ... https://twitter.com/ARHoopScoop/status/1270408379408830473?s=20

Smith ... https://twitter.com/ARHoopScoop/status/1270406300623667205?s=20

Smith ... https://twitter.com/ARHoopScoop/status/1270405014561964034?s=20

Smith ... https://twitter.com/ARHoopScoop/status/1270401030941966337?s=20

Smith ... https://twitter.com/ARHoopScoop/status/1270399052807655424?s=20

Ware ... https://twitter.com/cbjones31/status/1277808200289525760?s=20

Ware ... https://twitter.com/ARHoopScoop/status/1278389195871051777?s=20

Ware ... https://twitter.com/ARHoopScoop/status/1278704968665571328?s=20

Ware ... https://twitter.com/ARHoopScoop/status/1278799630105489409?s=20

Ware ... https://twitter.com/ARHoopScoop/status/1278155557216624640?s=20

Guy-King ... https://twitter.com/ARHoopScoop/status/1278389626336616448?s=20

Guy-King ... https://twitter.com/ARHoopScoop/status/1278705722595950592?s=20

Guy-King ... https://twitter.com/ARHoopScoop/status/1278799921534115840?s=20

Guy-King ... https://twitter.com/ARHoopScoop/status/1278160989339385869?s=20

Ford ...
Smith ...
Guy-King ...
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From Monday, June 15, 2020 ...

By Kevin McPherson

LITTLE ROCK -- When the clock struck midnight on Monday, June 15, college coaches at NCAA Division 1 schools could reach out directly to class of 2022 prospects for the first time, and the Arkansas Razorbacks' staff wasted no time in contacting multiple recruits including a handful of in-state prospects with Hog offers.

Nick Smith, Jr., Derrian Ford, Joseph Pinion, Kel'el Ware, and Javion Guy-King are the Arkansas high school juniors-to-be that heard from Hog coaches early Monday.

Smith (6-4 combo guard, Sylvan Hills, national No. 46 / 4-star prospect according to Rivals.com) said he was contacted by Head Hog Eric Musselman and assistant coach Corey Williams.

"Coach Muss said they were really excited to be recruiting me and was asking me about my family," said Smith, who also heard from coaches from Kansas, Florida, Ohio State, Kansas State, and Murray State just after midnight. "Pretty much the same thing with coach Corey (Williams)."

Ford (6-3 combo guard, Magnolia, national No. 38 / 4-star prospect according to Rivals.com) said he was contacted first by Williams.

"Coach (Corey) Williams just letting me know that they are excited to be able to call more now and that we probably will talk later on today," said Ford, who also heard from Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Cincinnati, Alabama, Vanderbilt, Baylor, Michigan, and Florida after midnight on Monday. The Red Raiders offered Ford a scholarship.

Pinion (6-6 wing, Morrilton, national No. 90 / 4-star prospect according to Rivals.com) said he was was contacted by Musselman.

"Coach Muss DM'ed me and said he hopes me and my family are doing well and heís excited to recruit me," said Pinion, who was also contacted by Virginia, Ohio State, Baylor, Illinois, Ole Miss, Murray State, and UCA after midnight on Monday. The Racers offered Pinion a scholarship.

Ware (6-11 forward / center, North Little Rock, national No. 124 / 3-star prospect according to Rivals.com) said he heard from Williams.

"Coach (Corey) Williams ... he said that he just wanted to touch bases and he said he will call me later in the week," said Ware, who also heard from coaches from Virginia Tech, Florida, and Texas Tech after midnight on Monday. The Red Raiders offered Ware a scholarship.

Guy-King (6-5 wing, Little Rock Mills) shared Musselman's message to him: "Javion, this is Coach Musselman with Arkansas Basketball! I hope you had a great weekend. Our staff is excited to be recruiting you! We love the way you play. Looking forward to speaking with you soon. Go Hogs!"

Guy-King also spoke with Williams.

"Coach Corey (Williams) called just letting me know that they can call and text first now," Guy-King said.



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It sounds like this is another great crop of in-state players.  Here's hoping we get most or all of them!

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Don't think we will land both Ford and Smith Jr.  I think one goes elsewhere.  Same position 2 guard
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So theyíre in the 2022 HS grad class, but currently sophomores to be in HS?  I donít follow BB recruiting much, so maybe Iím misunderstanding.
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So theyíre in the 2022 HS grad class, but currently sophomores to be in HS?  I donít follow BB recruiting much, so maybe Iím misunderstanding.
yea
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yea

If the're about to be HS sophomores, then they're 2023 grads unless they all graduate early.  Maybe "2022 prospect" means November 2022 when they can sign as seniors?
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If the're about to be HS sophomores, then they're 2023 grads unless they all graduate early.  Maybe "2022 prospect" means November 2022 when they can sign as seniors?

That was my error. I've corrected the OP ... they just completed sophomore seasons and are juniors-to-be.
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Re: Muss & staff shining priority light on deep in-state c/o 2022
« Reply #7 on: July 02, 2020, 05:44:22 pm »

Just added to the OP ...

UPDATE / EDIT (4:44 p.m. CT, Thursday, July 2, 2020) ...

By Kevin McPherson

LITTLE ROCK -- Just like he did in wrapping up the four Top 100 nationally ranked in-state hoopers from the class of 2020, Arkansas head coach Eric Musselman is prioritizing the talent-rich in-state class of 2022 prospects, five of which hold Hog offers.

Musselman and his Razorbacks coaching staff were burning up the text and phone lines just after midnight on June 15 -- the first day that college coaches could make direct contact with 2022 prospects -- and the in-state recruits were among the very first to hear from Arkansas.

Fast-forward to this week, and Musselman and his staff were busy on Monday and Tuesday doing virutal / Zoom meetings with 2022 Hog offers Derrian Ford (6-4 combo guard, Magnolia, national No. 38 / 4-star prospect according to Rivals.com); Nick Smith, Jr. (6-5 combo guard, Sylvan Hills, national No. 42 / 4-star prospect according to Rivals.com); Joseph Pinion (6-6 combo guard, Morrilton, national No. 90 / 4-star prospect according to Rivals.com); Kel'el Ware (6-11 forward / center, North Little Rock, national No. 124 / 3-star prospect according to Rivals.com); and Javion Guy-King (6-5 wing, Little Rock Mills).

Ford and Ware had their meetings with the Hogs' staff on Monday.

"It was amazing," Ford said. "We talked about how they could develop me for the NBA and also how to brand myself."

Ford has picked up offers from Texas Tech and Missouri since June 15 to go with offers he already held from the Hogs, Kansas, Baylor, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Vanderbilt, Texas A&M, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, TCU, Oklahoma State, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Arkansas State, Fresno State, Rice, and Oral Roberts.

"It went great," Ware said of his Zoom meeting with Arkansas coaches on Monday. "They talked about the facilities, the education, they talked about what the coaches did in the NBA. They talked about that I have an upside -- I can score when I'm at the basket, and I've got a nice shot in the mid-range."

Ware -- he recorded double-doubles last weekend in a grassroots hoops event in Missouri -- has picked up offers from Kansas, Texas Tech, Illinois, and Tulsa since June 15 to go with offers he already held from the Hogs, Virginia Tech, Texas A&M, TCU, UCA, and Alcorn State.

Smith, Pinion, and Guy-King had their meetings with the Hogs' staff on Tuesday.

"It was good," Smith said. "They were talking to me about a little bit of their background and how much experience they have with the NBA, how they can get my game to the next level bccause they know what it takes."

Smith has picked up offers from Alabama, Auburn, Kansas State, Georgetown, Murray State, and St. Louis since June 15 to go with offers he already held from the Hogs, Texas, Florida, Ole Miss, Oklahoma State, St. John's, DePaul, Tulsa, and Oral Roberts.

"It went well, the whole staff was there," Pinion said. "They were just showing me their coaching resume and that they are great coaches and a lot of experience in all different leagues and how they can help me after college once I stop playing basketball."

Pinion has picked up offers from Baylor, Oklahoma, TCU, and Murray State since June 15 to go with offers he already held from the Hogs, Kansas, Ole Miss, Creighton, DePaul, Tulsa, UCA, South Alabama, and Oral Roberts.

"They talked a lot about the program and the experience that the coaches have, that was mostly what the Zoom meeting was about today," Guy-King said. "Arkansas has shown the most interest contacting me. I talk to Coach Corey (Williams) a lot about the game and the stuff I need to work on ... I think it's a strong connection."

Guy-King reports offers from Arkansas, Arkansas State, UCA, and Alcorn State.

Linked below are recent highlights of Ford, Pinion, Smith, Ware, and Guy-King ...

Pinion ... https://www.hudl.com/video/3/10571721/5e72850b688e3b0a283a5fbe

Smith ... https://twitter.com/ARHoopScoop/status/1275907536751919106?s=20

Smith ... https://twitter.com/ARHoopScoop/status/1270408379408830473?s=20

Smith ... https://twitter.com/ARHoopScoop/status/1270406300623667205?s=20

Smith ... https://twitter.com/ARHoopScoop/status/1270405014561964034?s=20

Smith ... https://twitter.com/ARHoopScoop/status/1270401030941966337?s=20

Smith ... https://twitter.com/ARHoopScoop/status/1270399052807655424?s=20

Ware ... https://twitter.com/cbjones31/status/1277808200289525760?s=20

Ware ... https://twitter.com/ARHoopScoop/status/1278389195871051777?s=20

Ware ... https://twitter.com/ARHoopScoop/status/1278704968665571328?s=20

Ware ... https://twitter.com/ARHoopScoop/status/1278799630105489409?s=20

Ware ... https://twitter.com/ARHoopScoop/status/1278155557216624640?s=20

Guy-King ... https://twitter.com/ARHoopScoop/status/1278389626336616448?s=20

Guy-King ... https://twitter.com/ARHoopScoop/status/1278705722595950592?s=20

Guy-King ... https://twitter.com/ARHoopScoop/status/1278799921534115840?s=20

Guy-King ... https://twitter.com/ARHoopScoop/status/1278160989339385869?s=20

Ford ...
Smith ...
Guy-King ...
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Re: Re: Muss & staff shining priority light on deep in-state c/o 2022
« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2020, 09:13:35 am »

Kevin, I appreciate all you do.  You are really top notch

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Re: Muss & staff shining priority light on deep in-state c/o 2022
« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2020, 02:55:30 pm »

Watching Guy-King it looks like he lacks some explosiveness???

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Re: Re: Muss & staff shining priority light on deep in-state c/o 2022
« Reply #10 on: July 03, 2020, 03:49:26 pm »

Watching Guy-King it looks like he lacks some explosiveness???
I agree he doesn't get up very well
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Re: Re: Muss & staff shining priority light on deep in-state c/o 2022
« Reply #11 on: July 03, 2020, 05:42:55 pm »

I agree he doesn't get up very well
That's what my wife says
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Re: Re: Muss & staff shining priority light on deep in-state c/o 2022
« Reply #12 on: July 03, 2020, 08:35:12 pm »

Kevin, I appreciate all you do.  You are really top notch

I think his excellent coverage has improved the schools recruiting as well. Think about ore Kevin, the coverage was so hit or miss.  Props to the main recruiting informants at the time (aghog and bionic pig mainly?)
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Re: Muss & staff shining priority light on deep in-state c/o 2022
« Reply #13 on: July 05, 2020, 08:58:03 pm »

Watching Guy-King it looks like he lacks some explosiveness???
heís tall and has a ton of touch. He can play
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Re: Re: Muss & staff shining priority light on deep in-state c/o 2022
« Reply #14 on: July 06, 2020, 03:11:25 pm »

Watching Guy-King it looks like he lacks some explosiveness???
He is a junior to be. Athletically, he is far from finished developing.
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Re: Re: Muss & staff shining priority light on deep in-state c/o 2022
« Reply #15 on: July 06, 2020, 03:13:01 pm »

Don't think we will land both Ford and Smith Jr.  I think one goes elsewhere.  Same position 2 guard
Twenty years ago, I agree. Now? Just put all your best guys out there. One of them may see the other go to Arkansas and look elsewhere, but I think Musselman would take both. If we make some out of state noise he may give them a "first to commit" offer.
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