Before the season started, Motlow College point guard Jaylen Barford (6-5, 210) was considered the top player in the juco ranks and has done nothing to dispute that so far this season.
Barford, a former Jackson, Tenn., Southside standout, has been named the National Junior College Player of the Week the first two weeks of the season and made it official with Arkansas on Friday when he signed his national letter-of-intent with the Razorbacks.
He chose Arkansas over Louisville, Ole Miss, Memphis and others.
“Jaylen is a young man we identified early in high school and we’ve seen him grow into one of the best junior college guards in the country,” Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson said. “He’s an explosive athlete with great size and quickness for a guard and will continue to blossom in the #Fastest40 Minutes of Basketball.
"He’s an impact player and has that competitive greatness you must possess in order to have a chance to be an elite player. Jaylen has incredible vision, makes his teammates around him better and is like a coach on the floor that takes command. He’s a first-class individual and comes from a great family. Arkansas fans will really enjoy watching him grow as a Razorback.”
Baford is averaging 29 points - which leads the nation in scoring - , 7.4 rebounds, four assists and two steals so far this season.
He joins Campti. La., Lakview forward Adrio Bailey (6-8, 205) and Holmes, Miss., Community College shooting guard Daryl Macon (6-4, 180) and Connors State power forward Arlando Cook (6-9, 215) as Razorback signees.