As many as four future Razorbacks could be playing together on Team Arkansas at the Mike Conley, Jr., All-Star Classic Thursday night at Little Rock Hall.
Arkansas signees Jaylen Barford (6-5, 210), Daryl Macon (6-4, 180) and Adrio Bailey (6-8, 205) are confirmed for the game while Arlando Cook (6-9, 215) is trying to make the event as well.
The game - a precursor to this weekend’s Real Deal in the Rock AAU event – should start around 7:30 p.m. and will feature those guys and some Arkansas high school talent taking on Team Tennessee, which will be led by future UNLV point guard Jaylen Fisher.
“Arkansas has signed three junior college kids in its class and we wanted to be able to give everybody a chance to see what these guys look like and how they can go about helping the Razorbacks next season,” noted Bill Ingram, the organizer for both the Conley game and Real Deal events.
“We know those three guys will get there and Arlando Cook is doing his best to get up here as well. It should be a lot of fun.”
Barford led the nation’s junior college ranks in scoring this season at 26.2 points per game for Motlow, Tenn., College while also averaging 7.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists.
He shot 58.8 percent from the field, 35.5 from 3-point range and 78 percent from the free throw line.
Barford was joined as a first-team junior college All-American last season by Holmes, Miss., Community College standout Macon and both are expected to get repeat honors soon.
Macon, the former Little Rock Parkview star, averaged 23.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists this season while shooting 50 percent from the field, 37.6 percent from 3-point range and 82 percent from the free throw line.
He closed his season out with 43, 38 and 38 points in his final three games.
“I know there are some people around here who got to see Daryl play a couple of years ago and he was probably the second or third best player in the state then and he is so much better now,” Ingram said. “People are going to love watching him and Barford play in the backcourt next season for Arkansas.”
Cook averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds for Warner, Okla., Connors State while Bailey stuffed the stat sheet by averaging 19.5 points, 12.7 rebounds and 3.9 blocks per outing for Campti, La., Lakeview.
“I don’t think a lot of people have seen the young man from Louisiana so this will be a great opportunity to see him and see all the athleticism that he has,” Ingram said.
Also scheduled to play for Team Arkansas will be East Carolina signee Shawn Williams of Maumelle, Minnesota signee Eric Curry of Southwest Christian Academy, Tulsa signee Lawson Korita of Pulaski Academy and UALR signee Andre Jones of Malvern.
A girls game will kick off the night at 6 p.m.
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“This should be a great night with a lot of exciting players and a great way to kick off the Real Deal,” Ingram said.