Arkansas’ parade of official visitors will begin this past weekend with Memphis Bolton point guard Jaylen Fisher (6-2, 170) and Grand Prairie, Texas, South Grand Prairie small forward Cameron McGriff (6-7, 200).
Fisher, Scout.com’s 78th-best player overall and ESPN.com’s 8th-best point guard, has cut his list to six teams with Arkansas, Baylor, Indiana, LSU, Memphis and UNLV.
The Arkansas visit is the first on the list for Fisher according to his Team Thad AAU coach Norton Hurd, who feels like the point guard would be a great fit for Razorback head coach Mike Anderson.
“With Jaylen, you’ve got a winner and is a pure point guard in a day when you don’t see a lot of them around anymore,” Hurd said Monday night. “He could score 20 a game if he wanted to, but he is more interested in getting his team involved.
“And defensively, this is a kid that plays full-court defense in camps when everybody else is just trying to style it. Mike Anderson has had some great defensive guards, but he has never had one like this that plays so hard.
“He would just be a perfect fit for Arkansas.”
Hurd praises the job that Anderson and Razorback assistant T.J. Cleveland have done a great job recruiting Fisher, who averaged 20 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds per game last season.
“Coach Anderson is a great coach and T.J. is a guy that both I and Jaylen and his family have a great relationship with,” Hurd said. “Those are some great guys there.”
Fisher and Hurd are currently working on setting up some other visits, but Fisher doesn’t plan to wait around too long for making a commitment.
“He’s definitely going to sign early in November and I would say no later than early October he’ll be ready to take some visits,” Hurd said. “Everybody is trying to get him in for a visit, but I am going to have to put my foot down and just get a few scheduled and go from there.”
Bentonville guard Malik Monk (6-4, 190) will announce his top schools and official visit dates Tuesday night on The Raw Report, a radio show on 99.5 FM in Northwest Arkansas.
Arkansas and Kentucky are expected to be two schools he announces on the show, which is hosted by former Razorback basketball players Marcus Monk - Malik's older brother - and Nick Mason.
The saga of Arkansas 2015 signee Ted Kaptia and the Razorbacks came to an end on Tuesday with the announcement that Kapita has signed a contract to play professionally in France.
The news was first reported by CBS basketball writer Jon Rothstein.
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Arkansas 2016 Basketball Recruiting
2. Carmeron McGriff, SF, 6-7, 210, Grand Praire, Texas, South Prairie (Sept, 4-6)
4. Jaylen Barford, 6-4, 180, Motlow, Tenn., State (Sept. 18-20)
6. Tyler Cook, PF, 6-9, 240, St. Louis Chaminade (Sept. 25-27)
7. Malik Monk, G, 6-4, 190, Bentonville (I will put up that date tonight after he announces it)
10. Seedee Keita, C, 6-10, 225, Middleton, Deleware
11. Josh Parrish, SG, 6-5, 200, Arlington, Texas, Juan Sequin
12. Adrio Bailey, SF, 6-6, 205, Campti, La., Lakeview
13. Adrian Moore, G, 6-4, 180, North Little Rock
14. Payton Willis, 6-4, 170, Fayetteville (Vanderbilt commit)
15, Jalen Johnson, SF, 6-6, 190, Baton Rouge, La., University High
16. Micha Thomas, SF, 6-7, 185, Memphis Briarcrest Chrsitian
17. Tyrik Dixon, PG, 6-1, 180, Little Rock Southwest Christian Academy
18. DeShawn Williams, PG, 6-1, 170, Little Rock Southwest Christian Acaemy