The Mike Anderson era at Arkansas is officially underway – at least the practice part of it.
Sophomore Rickey Scott had 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists Friday night to lead the Red over the White 44-37 in a 20-minute scrimmage before an estimated 5,000 fans at Bud Walton Arena.
It was part of an event called Primetime at the Palace and was the official start to the Razorbacks' practice schedule.
"I appreciate everyone coming out tonight," Anderson said. "The support has been unbelievable. It seems like everywhere I go there is a buzz about Razorback basketball. I want you to know that these young men - along with my staff – to put Razorback basketball back on top."
Just before that statement, Anderson – who was an assistant here for 17 years – reminded the crowd that he didn't have to learn the Razorbacks' famed cheer as his predecessors did upon taking the job.
"You've got a head coach here that knows how to Call the Hogs," Anderson said.
The Razorbacks hosted a bevy or recruits with 2012 standouts Anthlon Bell (6-3, 180) of Memphis Barlett and Michael Qualls (6-5, 200) of Shreveport (LA) Huntington.
There was also a plethora of 2013 recruits on hand including Razorback commits Bobby Portis (6-9, 226) of Little Rock Hall and Clarksville point guard Dederick Lee (6-1, 180).
They were joined by 2013 prospects Moses Kingsley (6-9, 210) and Dayshawn Watkins (6-0, 170) and 2014 star Trey Thompson (6-9, 220) of Forrest City.
They heard Anderson say "there is no other place I would rather be."
Scott joined with freshmen Hunter Mickelson (12 points, 6 rebounds), B.J. Young (10 points) and DeVonta Abron (6 points) to lead the Red to the victory.
Junior Marshawn Powell, coming off an injury, was scoreless while going 0-of-6 from the field, but did grab 4 rebounds.
Walk on Charlie Henderson added 2 points for the winners.
Fellow freshman Rashad Madden had 11 points to lead the White team while sophomore Mardracus Wade added 7 points, junior Julysess Nobles 6 points and 3 assists and senior Marvell Waithe 5 points.
Walk ons Davion Spivey (4 points, 4 rebounds) and Matt Thompson also played for the White squad.
Young won the slam dunk contest over Spivey, Abron and Madden.
Mickelson joined with Lady Razorback Julie Inman and a Razorback student to win the Hot Shot competition.
Arkansas will have two practices on Saturday.
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The Lady Razorbacks also scrimmage with the White topping the Red 29-23 as Quistelle Williams led the winners with 10 points.
Ashley Daniels had 6 points to pace the White squad.
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