Dudley E. Dawson

Motlow State's Jaylen Barford Commits To Arkansas

Motlow State's Jaylen Barford (6-4, 205), the nation's top junior college player, commits to Arkansas on Tuesday night to give the Razorbacks pledges from the top two junior college players in the country.

Arkansas now has commitments from the nation's top two junior college basketball players after landing the pledge of Motlow, Tenn., State guard Jaylen Barford (6-4, 205) on Tuesday night.

Barford chose Arkansas over Louisville, Missouri and Ole Miss and joins Holmes, Miss., Community College shooting guard and former Little Rock Parkview star Daryl Macon (6-3, 180) in the Razorbacks' 2016 class.

He had visited Missouri earlier, but has canceled his visits to Louisville this weekend and Ole Miss in October.

"I just really loved everything about my visit to Arkansas, from the coaches to the players to the fans and really loved their new practice facility," Barford said. "Arkansas has been on me since high school and it just seems like the place for me and I know it is where I want to be. 

"I'm really excited about playing with him (Macon). It's pretty cool to have the nation's top two juniior college players to partner up in the same backcourt."


Barford, who averaged 20.6 points, 7.2 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 2.7 steals per game last season, said Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson was very happy about his deciding to become a Razorback.

"He was very excited and said he can't wait for me to get up there and help get the program back where it needs to be," Barford said. "He thinks that I can be great in his system and that is something that was a big factor as well. I will fit in well with how they get up and down the floor."

Barford wants to improve on a couple of aspects of his game this season.

"I think I am a pretty good all-around player, but I want to get my 3-point shooting more consistent and I'm a very good defensive player, but I want to be a great one," Barford said.

Barford says that he will sign in the spring period, but Razorback fans shouldn't worry about him flipping his commitment.

"Just want to, no specific reason," Barford said. "I love Arkansas. Razorback Nation."

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