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Arkansas Back Involved with Connors Sate forward Arlando Cook

Arkansas is back in the mix with Connors State College power forward Arlando Cook (6-9, 215) with Razorback head coach Mike Anderson and assistant T.J. Cleveland expected to see him play Tuesday night in Little Rock against Arkansas Baptist.


Arkansas head basketball coach Mike Anderson and assistant T.J. Cleveland will be in Little Rock Tuesday night to watch Connors State College power forward Arlando Cook play.

Cook (6-9, 215), whose team visits Arkansas Baptist tonight, committed to Nevada in September, but de-committed from the Wolf Pack  last week.

“I have not really opened back up my recruiting, but I am definitely talking to Arkansas,” Cook said Tuesday afternoon. “It’s about toughness, fast-paced basketball and it being a family-oriented program.”

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If Arkansas were to land Cook, it would arguably give the Razorbacks three of the top five junior college prospects in the 2016 class.

The Razorbacks already have pledges from Motlow, Tenn., State point guard Jaylen Barford (6-4, 210), Holmes, Miss. Community College shooting guard Daryl Macon (6-4, 180) as well as one high school player in Campti, La., Lakeview small forward Adrio Bailey (6-8, 205).

Cook had 14 points on Sunday as Connors State hammered Bacone 107-56 in its opener.

Cook averaged 11.4 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists last season as a freshman for Connors, who finished 32-2, won a fourth straight Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference title and made it to the final eight of the national junior college tournament.

He is originally a native of St. Louis and took an unofficial visit to Arkansas in late August.

“I was pleased with our opening game, anytime you can get a win, you have to be happy,” said Cowboys head coach Bill Muse. “We played a lot of people which was important. I wanted to see a lot of people in game action. 

“Hopefully we got some nervousness out of our system and now we have to be prepared for two tough opponents coming up this week (Arkansas Baptist and Paris Junior College).”

Connors host Paris Junior College on Friday and Central Baptist (Saturday) in Warner, Okla.

Connors State forward Arlando Cook dunks in a game last season


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