There will be a former Little Rock Central standout on both teams Friday night when Arkansas gets it exhibition basketball season underway, but a former East Poinsett County star won't be taking the court.
Razorback head coach Mike Anderson announced Friday that junior Rashad Madden has been suspended for three games - the team's two exhibition games and the season opener.
"Holding our student-athletes accountable on and off the court is a big part of my philosophy as a coach, and also in helping them grow up to be men," said Anderson. "Rashad will be suspended for our two exhibition games and the season opener. I'm certainly disappointed in Rashad, but he understands that he's not only letting himself down, but he's also letting his teammates down because we are all one family."
Arkansas junior transfer Alandise Harris of Arkansas will see former teammate Jordan Talbert when Arkansas hosts Missouri Southern at 7 p.m at Bud Walton Arena.
Harris, a 6-6, 237-pound forward had 26 points and 9 rebounds last Sunday in his team's intrasquad game.
"It feels good," Harris said afterwards. " That was just a start to my Razorback career right there. I just wanted to get a great feeling for this game Friday."
Talbert is a 6-6, 200-pound senior forward who started all 28 games for his team last season and had 11 points earlier this week in Missouri Southern's 93-80 exhibition loss to Missouri State.
He was an MiAA All-Conference selection and is one of five starters returning from a team that went 13-15 last season and is picked sixth in its league this season.
Talbert joins 6-4 senior guard Marquis Addison, 6-0 junior guard Lane Barlow, 6-0 junior guard Cameron Cornelius and 6-8 sophomore center Greg Renfroe in the starting lineup.
"One thing I have been pleased with in practice so far this team has shown the indication they are willing to make the extra pass and get the ball to somebody who might have a better shot," Missouri Southern head coach Robert Corn.
Arkansas showed that several of its returning players could certainly be scoring threats as six players scored 19 or more points in its Red-White game and the two teams put up 214 points together.
Sophomore Jacorey Williams had 21 points to lead the White team to a win.
"We're just more experienced, and we feel more comfortable out there" Williams said. "It's a confidence thing as well. Last when we came in as freshman, you're not as confident because you don't have the experience."
"…The scoring is going to come from all across the board," Williams added. "I feel like we've got a deeper bench than we had last year … I feel like we've got a lot of scoring from anywhere. It can be anybody's night at any time."
Alandise Harris contests Michael Qualls as Bobby Portis looks on.
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