Former Pulaski Academy basketball standout Dusty Hannahs found out Wednesday that he is going to get to live out a dream.
Hannahs (6-4, 210) – a shooting guard who has played the past two years at Texas Tech – will spend the rest of his career at Arkansas.
"(Arkansas assistant) Coach (Melvin) Watkins called me this afternoon and told me that Arkansas had a scholarship if I wanted to be a Razorback," Hannahs said. "I called my parents and we agreed that it was the right thing for me.
"It really is a dream come true and even though it's been a short time since I made the decision to transfer, it seems like it has been a long process," Hannahs said. "I am just really excited to be coming home and getting a chance to play for Arkansas, the program I grew up loving and wanting to play for."
Hannahs signed with Texas Tech and has averaged 7.7 points in an average of 22 minutes of playing time while starting 26 games for the Red Raiders over the course of the past two seasons.
He set a school record for free throw percentage this season at 92.7 (60-of-65) and also hit 36.9 percent of his 3-point attempts (44 of 111).
A high school hoops teammate of current Arkansaa tight end Hunter Henry, Hannahs averaged 20 points as a senior, 26 points a junior and had 42 points in his last high school game – the Class 4A state title game.
Texas Tech had three different head coaches in Hannahs' two years there with Billy Gillispie being let go before Hannahs played a game and him also playing for interim coach Chris Walker and current Red Raiders head coach Tubby Smith.
"I love Texas Tech and the people there, but it was just not what I signed up for with all the different coaching changes and stuff like that," Hannahs said. "Arkansas' style of play better fits my game and there is something to be said for playing for the team that you always wanted to be a part of growing up."
Hannahs will join a Razorback program coached by Mike Anderson that is seemingly on its way back up after going 22-12 this season and getting its first postseason berth since 2008.
"This is just a perfect time to be joining the Arkansas program," Hannahs said. "I know the program is headed back to being one of the elite and Coach Anderson and the players there have the state excited about basketball again. I really look forward to being a part of that."
Under NCAA rules, Hannahs will have to sit out next season, but will have two years of eligibility left beginning with the 2015-2016 season.
"I am really going to use the time I will be redshirting to improve my game in every facet possible," Hannahs said. "I will be in the gym every opportunity that I get working on everything I can."
Hannahs was thrilled to find out that Arkansas is adding a Basketball Performance Center and becoming the last of the 14 SEC teams to add a practice facility.
It is scheduled to open in the spring of 2015.
"I had no idea, but that's just great," Hannahs said. "I'll be the first one in line to get my key and get in. It is such a big deal to have that and have the opportunity to develop your game. That's got me even more pumped."
Because of his shooting prowess – such as a game where he hit 7-of-7 3-pointers and scored 26 points at West Virginia this past season, Hannahs has been labeled as just a shooter by some.
"I guess it is nice to be looked upon as a great shooter – I mean that is a part of my game that I have worked long and hard on to excel," Hannahs said. "But I don't want my best asset to be my defining asset if you know what I mean.
"I can do a lot more than just shoot the basketball and fans will be able to see that when I am at Arkansas," Hannahs added. "I'm a scorer, not just a shooter.
"I also take great pride in my passing and my defense," Hannahs continued. "All those things will be facets of my game that I will continue to work on and improve during my redshirt year."
A scholarship became available Monday when current Razorback sophomore Dee Wagner announced his decision to transfer.
Arkansas signed Anton Beard, Nick Babb and Trey Thompson this past while West Virginia transfer Keaton Miles will become eligible next season and the Razorbacks are also set to add Seminole, Okla., State point guard Jabril Durham.
Durham – who has already committed to the Razorbacks - will take his official visit to Arkansas this weekend and sign during the April 15-May 16 spring signing period.
"Not only does Arkansas have some great players already in the program, but they are bringing in some more," Hannahs said. "It is just a great time for me to be joining the program. I guess things just have a way of working themselves out in the end."
Hannahs' dad Gerald was a former pitcher for Arkansas and a former major league baseball player.
"My whole family is excited about the fact that I am going to get to play at Arkansas as well," Hannahs said. "It's a big deal. I love our state and our program and I will cherish putting on that Razorback uniform and play with pride."
Dusty Hannahs drives around Kansas star Andrew Wiggins this past season.
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