Future Arkansas basketball player Jaylen Barford (6-5, 210) of Motlow, Tenn., State College added one more honor to his glittering resume this past weekend.
Barford was named the MVP of the National Junior College Coaches Athletic Association All-Star game in Las Vegas this weekend.
The two-time NJCAA first-team All-American and Tennessee Community College Athletic Association Player of the Year led his Division I All-Star squad to a 104-100 win over the Division II-III All-Stars at the Orleans Hotel.
“It went well and was a great game,” Barford said. “I had a lot of fun and really enjoyed the atmosphere.”
Barford, whose 26.1 points per game led the nation in scoring this season, is one of six Arkansas signees in the 2016 recruiting class.
He joins fellow junior college standouts Daryl Macon (6-4, 180) and Arlando Cook (6-9, 215) along with high school stars Adrio Bailey (6-8, 205), C.J. Jones (6-5, 180) and Brachen Hazen (6-8, 200) as members of this year’s recruiting class.
Barford, who averaged 7.1 rebounds and 4.6 assists this season while shooting 58.8 percent from the field, 35.3 percent from 3-point range and 78 percent from the free throw line, finished his career with 1,393 points – second in school history.
“I can’t wait to get to Arkansas, especially because of all the talent that is already there and all the talent that we have coming in,” Barford said.
“I know that the recruiting guys don’t really rank us high in the team rankings because of all the junior college guys, but we have a loaded class.
“I’m seeing big things next season with what we are going to be able to put out on the court and how many guys we are going to have that can play.”
Barford is in his last week of junior college.
“I have three days of tests this week, will graduate this weekend and then it is off to Fayetteville,” Barford said. “I think I get there around the 30th or so and I am ready to get with all the guys and get this going.”
Arkansas will have 10 practices ahead of a trip to Spain Aug. 6-16 that will include four games.
“That’s going to be a great deal, not only because we will get used to each other with all the practices, but then get in some games as well,” Barford said. “I think that is going to help us come together quicker."
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Arkansas junior center Moses Kingsley was not one of the 64 players invited to the NBA Pre-Draft camp on May 11-15, but will have a few workouts for NBA teams according to sources.
Kingsley entered his name in the NBA Draft process on April 12, but did not hire an agent so he still has his college eligibility if he decides to come back for his senior season.
The deadline to withdraw from the NBA draft is May 25th.
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…Former Arkansas guard Jimmy Whitt has announced that he will transfer to SMU.
…Arkansas and Minnesota are set to play a home-and-home series the next two seasons according to CBS.
The games will be in Minneapolis in 2016-2017 and in Fayetteville the following season.