With a solid first semester of his sophomore season behind him, Arkansas basketball signee Arlando Cook of Connors State College got a chance to see what his future would be like.
Cook (6-9, 215), who signed the Razorbacks back in November after taking an unofficial visit, finally took his official visit to the school this weekend.
“It was beautiful,” Cook said. “I didn’t think a lot of people knew who I was, but I came in here and a lot of people knew who I was. I felt like that was a good thing. A lot of people welcomed me here.”
Cook is averaging 15.4 points and 11.1 rebounds so far this season for a team that is ranked ninth nationally and 13-1 this season.
“We’ve just been trying to play consistently,” Cook said. “ We’re 13-1 and ranked number nine right now. We’re just trying to stay consistent and make it to the tournament.”
He was on hand to see Arkansas’ 83-57 win over Tennessee Tech on Saturday night.
It moved the Razorbacks to 5-4 on the season.
“With them not having the three (suspended) guys from last year, I feel like that kind of pushed them back a little bit,” Cook said. “They’re going to get back with the guys they’ve got now. As they get more comfortable, they’re going to get back.”
Cook is part of a 2016 Razorback recruiting class that includes Motlow State point guard Jaylen Barford (6-5, 210), Holmes CC shooting guard Daryl Macon (6-4, 180) and Cook in giving Arkansas three of the top four junior college players in the country.
The Razorbacks also signed Campti, La., Lakeview forward Adrio Bailey (6-8, 205) in the early signing period.
“With us being JUCO guys and guys that are supposed to come in and make a major impact, I feel like we will help a lot,” Cook said. “With guys like Anton (Beard) and Moses (Kingsley), if he comes back, I feel like we’ll be a big help to those guys. They’re all experienced. We can help a lot.”
Cook seems an ideal fit for Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson’s roster.
“I like to run,” Cook said. “I can defend multiple positions, I’m real versatile. I can score with my back to the basket and face up. I can hit 18-foot jump shots.”