LITTLE ROCK - Arkansas 2017 basketball commit Darious Hall may have had Memphis across his chest on Friday night, but he is all about the Razorbacks and reaping his state.
Hall (6-6, 210), a Little Rock Mills junior who committed to Arkansas last month, had 13 points as he helped lead his Memphis Magic team to a 67-53 win over M33M in the opening round of Real Deal in the Rock pool play.
“He is a fantastic athlete, plays hard on both ends of the court, attacks the basket hard and loves to play defense,” Memphis Magic head coach Eric “Cowboy” Robinson said. “He is a real steal for Arkansas. Once we tightened up his offense, he has a chance of probably being a professional athlete.”
There were several curious onlookers to see what Arkansas had landed at P.A.R.K on Friday night.
“It feels great, everybody has been giving me congratulations and going at me harder on the court,” Hall said. “It has made me a better player.”
Hall, who averaged 12.5 points, 8.6 rebounds. 2.1 assists and 1.8 steals per game as a junior, got his Arkansas offer and committed in less than a week.
“I want to be part of the Fastest 40,” Hall said. “I want to get up and down the court and I want to help my state.”
Hall joins El Dorado junior Daniel Gafford (6-10, 220) as Razorback 2017 pledges and is part of a solid group of underclassman in the state.
That includes 2019 Arkansas point guard commit Justice Hill (5-11, 160).
“We can go up there and set the tone, get the program to a great level and set the gone for whoever comes after us,” Hall said.
Hall is part of a Little Rock Mills squad that made to it to the state playoff semifinals this past season and has thoughts on winning it all next season.
Last year we fell short in the semifinals, but next year we are going to be great because our whole starting five is coming back,” Hall said. “We started five juniors and had only two seniors.”
Robinson got the chance against Arkansas signees Daryl Macon (6-4, 180) and Adrio Bailey (6-7, 205) in Thursday night’s Mike Conley, Jr., Classic.
“They have got them some kids coming that should help them win the SEC,” Robinson said. “I know Daryl is for sure a pro, without a doubt.
“The other kid is strong, can play inside and outside and Coach Anderson did a great job on those two. The sky is the limit for the Razorbacks.”