Arkansas Hoops Lands Big Commit from Gafford

Arkansas lands a big 2017 commit on Saturday when El Dorado power forward/center Daniel Gafford (6-120, 217) picked the Hogs. He has played superbly this spring and summer for the Arkansas Wings and was in attendance Saturday at the Razorbacks' Elite Camp.

El Dorado and Arkansas Wings junior power forward-center Daniel Gafford took a giant step forward this spring and summer and made a big decision on Saturday.

A few hours after competing in Arkansas’ Elite Basketball Camp, Gafford (6-10, 217) committed to the Razorbacks.

Gafford chose Arkansas over Florida, Kansas, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech and Kansas State - all offers that he got this summer after his play at the Nike Peach Jam in North Augusta, S.C.

He noted that his mom was a driving force behind his decision to go ahead and commit to the Razorbacks.

“She just keeps talking about it,” Gafford said. “The Razorbacks are like one of her biggest teams. She grew up watching the Razorbacks. She talks about how she wants me to go and play basketball and be in a Razorback jersey.”

Gafford averaged 13 points, 14.4 rebounds and 6 blocks last season as a sophomore.

He feels like Arkansas’ system fits his style of play.

“I like to run the floor because it gives me an opportunity to score with the ball more and I like to rebound because it gives us opportunity to get a second chance to either on offense and keeping the other team from scoring,” Gafford said.

Gafford also likes the work ethic the Arkansas coaches instill in their athletes.

“They want you to go hard They don’t want you to stop at all,” Gafford said. “They just want you to go just hard. Don’t stop, non-stop. Just work hard on what you do and they want you to go fast, too.”

Gafford said the fact that former Arkansas forward Bobby Portis went from being a Razorback to a first-round NBA draft pick by the Chicago Bulls.

“It did kind of help because he made it to the league in his second year,” Gafford said. “ It kind of inspires me to work for it. I want to go to the league I’m trying to go here to work and go to the league my first or second year like him.”

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