Michael Woods, Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Thurman To Be Elevated To Assistant

Sources indicate Arkansas will bring on Razorback great Scotty Thurman as a full-time assistant, a move that was viewed as a positive development by signee Jaylen Barford.

Many have wondered if Arkansas’ 16-16 basketball season in 2015-2016 might bring about a staff shakeup and it appears it will.

Sources indicate that former Razorback basketball star and All-SEC small forward Scotty Thurman - currently the Director of Student Development  - will be elevated to a full-time assistant position.

Thurman - who hit the game-winning shot in the 1994 national title game - would replace current assistant Matt Zimmerman, who would move into administration according to Bob Holt of the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, who first reported the story.

The news was viewed as a positive by incoming Arkansas guard Jaylen Barford (6-5, 210), a two-time first-team junior college All-American.

“I honestly didn't know he got elevated to being assistant, but I think that's a nice move,” Barford said. “Because he could teach us more knowing he's played in the system and been there for some years now. Plus he was on that (1994 National) Championship team. Great move.”

Thurman, who has been in his current post for six years, will join Melvin Watkins and T.J. Cleveland as full-time assistants while Jeff Daniels will remain Director of Operations.

He is 10th on the Arkansas all-time scoring list with 1,650 points from 1993-95.

Zimmerman has been on Anderson’s staff for 14 years as an assistant at UAB, Missouri and Arkansas.

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