A Few Good Men
There is very little doubt that Arkansas basketball coach Mike Anderson loves his players.
There's just not as many to love as he would like – seeing as how he has just 10 players on scholarship season at the helm of the Razorbacks.
But he came up with mantra on Monday that seems to fit.
"We have to work with what we've got until we get what we want," Anderson said in a press conference before his speaking engagement at the Northwest Arkansas Razorback Club.
Arkansas fans who show up Friday night at 7 p.m. for "Primetime at the Palace" will get to see both the present and the future.
It's known that the two 2013 Razorback commits in Little Rock Hall center Bobby Portis (6-9, 226) – a top 30 player nationally - and Clarksville point guard Dederick Lee (6-1, 180) will be on hand.
Arkansas will also have a pair of 2012 official visitors in Memphis Bartlett guard Anthlon Bell (6-3, 180) and Shreveport (LA) Huntington standout Michael Qualls (6-5, 200).
Bell was one of the top players at Arkansas' Elite Camp in August.
There also could be some other unofficial guest show up.
Those guests will see a Razorback team that feels like it has a new lease on life according to sophomore guard Mardracus Wade.
"I think we are all excited to get going and we all feel like Coach Anderson is going to help us get where we want to go," Wade said. "It is a fresh start for all of us and we are all excited about going out and playing up tempo basketball. I know he is just going to keep bringing in players that fit his style, but we are intent on being able to win this season by leaving everything on the floor."
Arkansas had hoped to add Garland (Texas) Naaman Forest center Prince Ibeh (6-11, 230) is one of the nation's top defensive centers, the nation's 54th-best player according to Scout.com and took an official visit to Fayetteville last weekend.
But Ibeh chose Texas over Arkansas, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt on Thursday night.
Ibeh visited the same weekend as did Birmingham (AL) Central Park small forward Jacorey Williams (6-8, 190).
Williams is down to Arkansas and Alabama, the two places he took official visits.
"I have no doubt that Coach A is going to bring in the type of players to get the Arkansas program back to where it once was," Williams said. "He has a style of play that every likes – getting up and down the court – and it's going to bring in some great players."
Senior forward Michael Sanchez perhaps summed up the new era that begins tonight with the official opening of practice.
"There is a new sheriff in town," Sanchez said at Wednesday's media day. "I think it is great. I am really excited. I have known Coach A for a long time. It is a breath of fresh air."
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