After a spring, summer and fall of hard work on the basketball recruiting trail, Arkansas is prepared to reap the benefits this week by signing at least four players.
“We have got to get a lot of players at a lot of positions,” Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson said at his Monday press conference. “Hopefully all that hard work will pay off. We’ll see.
“I’m excited about this group (the current Razorbacks) and as we find out what is taking place during the week we will be excited about that group as well.”
The week-long early signing period opens Wednesday with Campti, La., Lakeview forward Adrio Bailey (6-8, 205) set to sign his national letter-of-intent at 2 p.m.
The Razorbacks are then set to land former Little Rock Parkview star and current Holmes, Miss., Communuty College All-American Daryl Macon (6-4, 180) Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce.
Arkansas expects to ink a pair of players on Friday with Motlow, Tenn., College point guard Jaylen Barford (6-4, 210) signing at 1 p.m. and Connors, Okla., State power forward Arlando Cook (6-9, 215) set to sign at 6 p.m.
The Razorbacks are also hopeful that they can land Bentonville star Malik Monk (6-4, 190) be it during the early signing period or the month-long late signing period April 13-May 18.
A post on Malik Monk's instagram account on Tuesday night
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Barford is averaging 28.2 points – which is second nationally - 7.5 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game for Motlow College (5-1) after a near triple-double on Monday night.
He had 30 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists in an 83-60 win over Pikeville, Ky., University junior varsity.
Barford had a season-high 36 points in Friday’s 84-79 over Columbia State.
He is shooting 61.2 percent (60-of-98) from the field, 80.4 percent (41-of-51) from the free throw line and 36.4 percent from the free throw line (8-of-22).
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Macon poured in 35 points and pulled down 10 rebounds on Monday night in what turned into an 95-82 win over Jones Community College.
That upped his season average to 25.7 points per game for the Bulldogs (3-0).
Macon is shooting 49 percent from the field (25-of-51), 80 percent (20-of-25) from the free throw line and 38.9 percent (7-of-18) from 3-point range.
Holmes is back in action Wednesday night when hosts the William Carey University JV.
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Cook was averaging 16.5 points and 11 rebounds per game for Connors heading into Monday night’s 94-33 win over Bacone.