Even before it finishes up its 2016 class, Arkansas’ basketball program has landed its second 2017 pledge.
Little Rock Mills junior swingman Darious Hall (6-6, 210) committed to the Razorbacks on Tuesday to join El Dorado junior center Daniel Gafford - a top 40 player nationally - as Arkansas commits in the 2017 class.
“It was a dream come true to get the offer and a dream come true to go ahead and commit,” Hall said “I have been a Razorback fan growing up and so this is just a great day for me.”
Hall had an offer from UALR and was receiving recruiting interest from Memphis, Florida, Alabama and others.
He knows more offers are likely to come, but wanted to go ahead and commit to Razorback head coach Mike Anderson’s program.
“I know that Coach Anderson is a great coach and I think will be a father figure for me and someone who will help me grow as a person and a basketball player and treat me like a son,” Hall said. “I know it is the right place for me and I love these coaches.”
He averaged 12.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.8 steals per game as a junior.
“I feel like my drives, my defense and my intensity are my biggest strengths and I am working on my 3-point shooting,” Hall said. “I got better this season and I am going to spend a lot of time working on that this spring and summer.”
Hall, who shined at Arkansas’ Elite Camp last August, will play with Coach Eric “Cowboy” Robinson’s Memphis Magic AAU team this season after playing for Team Penny in 2015.
“I had to run at the four or five most of the time last season and I just think the opportunity to play the two and three with Coach Cowboy is better to develop my game for college,” Hall said.
Hall and Memphis Magic as well as Gafford and the Arkansas Wings will be playing in the Real Deal in the Rock Tournament April 1-3 in Little Rock.
“Daniel and I played together with the Wings when I was going into the 10th grade,” Hall said. “We dominated together and I think we can do that together on the college level as well.”