BENTONVILLE - Future Razorbacks Daniel Gafford and Darious Hall are looking forward to being teammates at Arkansas, but the two junior stars got a chance to matchup against each other Friday night.
El Dorado’s Gafford (6-11, 223) had 13 points and 12 rebounds as his Arkansas Wings downed Hall’s Memphis Magic 68-58 Friday night in one of The Warmup Showcase games at Bentonville High School
Little Rock Mill’s Hall (6-6, 210) led the Magic with 18 points and 7 rebounds in a matchup of the Razorbacks’ two 2017 commits in a tournament that will continue on Saturday.
“He is going to make a real good teammate,” Gafford said. “He is somebody who will be able to help me on the boards. I have not seen anybody crash the boards as hard as him – except for me. It is going to be crazy.”
Hall, who had one dunk that collapsed the goal standard, seemed of the same mindset.
“It’s going to be great because he can help me on the boards and we can both bring the intensity,” Hall said. “He is just a great player the two of us together can be dominating.
Hall continually attacked the basket on Friday night.
“I wanted to be real aggressive and help my team, but I wasn’t getting a lot of calls,” Hall said. “It is easy for me to get to the goal and I just finish or get to the line and create points for my team.”
Gafford and the Wings – the victors in last week’s Real Deal in the Rock - will begin EYBL play next weekend with a tournament in Brooklyn, N.Y
It was during the 2015 EYBL season that’s Gafford’s stock took off and saw him get offers from Arkansas, Kansas, Florida, Vanderbilt and several others.
“It exposed me a lot last season and I did a lot of stuff that I didn’t even know I could do last season and I got to go to a lot of places that I didn’t even know existed,” Gafford said.
Hall and the Memphis Magic will go on to compete in the Adidas Gauntlet Series that will have tournaments in Dallas and Atlanta the next two weekends.
“We play next weekend in Dallas and it will be the first session and it is a live session so we will be playing against some great players and that will help my game a lot,” Hall said.
Arkansas 2017 basketball commits Darious Hall and Daniel Gafford pose after Friday night's game.