Former Arkansas prep standout and current Texas Tech basketball player Dusty Hannahs wanted to join the Razorbacks out of Pulaski Academy, but it didn't work out.
The 6-4, 210-pound shooting guard is now leaving Lubbock after two seasons – and three head coaches - and some wonder if Fayetteville might end up being his next destination.
"I have talked with (Arkansas assistant) Coach (Melvin) Watkins and he tells me that they are interested," Hannahs said. "They haven't offered yet, but we are going to talk in the near future about things some more."
Arkansas signed three players in the fall – Anton Beard, Trey Thompson and Nick Babb - and also has a commitment from Seminole State College point guard Jabril Durham.
With four scholarship seniors leaving, Arkansas numerically doesn't haven't any scholarships, but something could come available if anyone transfers out of the program.
"I have stayed close friends (with former Arkansas Wings AAU teammates and current Razorbacks) Bobby (Portis) and Ky (Rashad Madden) and they love what is going on there at Arkansas," Hannahs said.
"I feel like it is a system that I could really fit well in because I like to get up and down the court and they get up lots of shots," Hannahs added. "They are really on their way up and it's exciting to see it."
Hannahs led his Pulaski Academy team to the Class 4A state title game as a senior and had 42 points in that contest – one of three times he was over 40 points that season.
Hannahs chose to sign with Texas Tech head coach Billy Gillispie in the fall of 2012 instead of waiting to see if a scholarship opened up at Arkansas in the spring of 2013.
His dad Gerald played baseball for the University of Arkansas and in the major leagues with the Montreal Expos and Los Angeles Dodgers.
"I just thought it would be a good situation for me at Tech, but yes, Arkansas was a spot that I had a lot of love for because my dad played there and my family has gone there," Hannahs said.
Gillispie had some personal issues that saw him get fired before Hannahs' freshman season started.
Interim coach Chris Walker took over and Hannahs went on to play in all 31 games, recording 17 starts and averaging 8.4 points while hitting 46 of 123 3-pointers (36.9 percent).
Texas Tech then hired Tubby Smith as its next head coach and Hannahs averaged 7.7 points this season in an average of 22 minutes per game.
He shot 41 of 111 from 3-point range this season (37.4) and set a school record for free throw percentage at 92.7 percent (60 of 65) as he doubled the amount of times he got to charity stripe as the previous season.
That included a career-high 25 points at West Virginia on 7-of-7 from 3-point range and had 11 double-digit scoring efforts.
"I have nothing but great things to say about the school and the people, but it's just turned out different than I thought it was going to be going in and I just think a fresh start would be good for me," Hannahs said.
Hannahs will have to sit out next season due to the NCAA transfer rule, but plans to be good to go in 2015-2016.
"I will have two years left at my next school and I am going to work hard every day to make sure I can be the most productive player I can be when it comes time for me to be back out on the court," Hannahs said.
Hannahs – whose release allows him to transfer to any school other than in the Big 12 - is spending the rest of this semester at Texas Tech as he contemplates his next move.
"I really don't have a timetable," Hannahs said. "We'll see how things work out with Arkansas and who all might be interested. I guess I could wait until I get done here or I could make a decision right away if the right thing comes along."
Dusty Hannahs drives around Kansas star Andrew Wiggins.
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