The Razorbacks signed a trio of players on Wednesday as the week-long national signing period opened up.
Arkansas inked Birmingham (AL) Central Park small forward Jacorey Williams (6-8, 190), Shreveport (LA) Huntington swingman Michael Qualls (6-5, 200) and Memphis (TN) Bartlett shooting guard Anthlon Bell (6-3, 180).
"Obviously we want players to fit the culture of what we are doing here at the University of Arkansas so we are excited to announce three additions to our basketball program," Anderson said.
Anderson, whose team will open its regular season Friday night by hosting USC Upstate in a 7 p.m. game at Bud Walton Arena, believes his trio of signees have some positive similarities.
"The thing I like about them is the common denominators – they are good people, they have got great character and they all are winners," Anderson said. "They are all winners and that is a trait that you want to have. You want guys that are good people and they're winners and they all have a motor and they are eager to get better and be a part of our program."
Arkansas is known to be one of the finalists for Memphis Southwind power forward Jarnell Stokes (6-9, 245), who has not announced if he will sign in the early period.
"Obviously we still have some scholarships to fill so we will continue to horn in on some guys with size," Anderson said.
Williams averaged 17 points and 8 rebounds last season for Birmingham Minor, but is playing this season at Central Park High School.
"He is 6-8, skilled, very versatile," Anderson said. "He is a guy that can go inside-outside, handles the basketball and he will fit perfectly in what we do.
"I don't think we have a guy of that size that is as skilled as he is right now," Anderson added. "Right now he will have to pick up some weight with his body, but he can shoot the ball and he can score. He's long, he's left-handed and I think he really has a tremendous upside."
Qualls averaged 17 points and 11 rebounds last season for Huntington.
"You are not going to find a better athlete in the country at 6-5, 6-6," Anderson said. "I think he is going to grow some more and has a 7-1 wingspan. He has a high energy level and that is what we are looking for. He has that toughness that as a coach that you love having.
"We have had guys in our program (like Qualls) that have been very instrumental – a guy like Lenzie Howell, a guy who at 6-4 was one of our leading rebounders," Anderson added. "Sunday Adebayo, a guy that could jump out of the gym. So I think Mike gives us that guy, a guy that is really starting to really pick up the perimeter in terms of shooting the basketball.
"But the thing that I really like about him is that he has a motor and can really get up and down the floor with athletic ability that is hard to teach," Anderson continued. "He can make plays that other guys can't get away with. He will be able to get away with some things. He is excited about becoming a Razorback."
Bell, a native of Detroit and Stokes' AAU teammate, averaged 17.8 points per game last season and enters the season with 1,466 career points.
He is chasing school-record holder Rick Houston's mark of 2,134 points.
"That continues the Memphis pipeline for us," Anderson said. "A guy who I thought was one of the better shooters on the circuit this summer playing with the Memphis AAU team. He lit it up. I thought he was the difference in that team.
"He has unbelievable range and has a great idea of how to get open on the floor," Anderson added. "The thing about Memphis guards is that they also understand the game. He is one of those guys that has a high basketball IQ. He could be a very good defender."
Anderson called today's recruiting signings a start.
"These guys come with some high accolades and I am excited about them becoming a part of what we are doing," Anderson said. "As I have said, these are some of the parts and now we can horn in on it and get some guys with size to go along with this group here."