Arkansas already has a commit from one of the state’s two top 65 players nationally per ESPN in El Dorado center Daniel Gafford (6-10, 223) and will have the other on its campus on Wednesday.
Little Rock Parkview senior-to-be guard Khalil Garland (6-6, 195) – ranked 62nd by ESPN - confirmed Tuesday afternoon that he will take an unofficial visit Wednesday to check out the Razorbacks.
Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson would love to eventually add him to Gafford – ranked 53rd by ESPN – and fellow commit Darious Hall (6-6, 210) of Little Rock Mills to its 2017 class.
“Coach Anderson is a very good guy and I am talking to him a lot,” Garland said. “He is a great coach and is known for his winning and is just a great guy. He and Coach Thurman have reached out to me and I am excited about getting up there.”
Garland committed to Memphis back on March 1, but de-committed April 19 once embattled Tigers head coach Josh Pastner left for Georgia Tech.
“The process is going really good,” Garland said. “The schools that I am looking at and are really looking at me are Arkansas, UALR, Oregon, LSU, Alabama and Memphis.
“A lot of schools have a shot and I am open right now and probably won’t make a decision for awhile.”
Garland is viewed as a combo guard, but believes he will be a point guard in college and has plans to visit Arkansas, Oregon, LSU and Alabama this month.
“The best parts of my game are getting to the rim and being able to guard anyone on the court,” Garland said. “I am working on getting my handle stronger and my jump shot better.
“I am a tall player and I can see the court, I don’t turn the ball over that much, I am smart with the ball and I make good decisions. I can do everything with the ball in my hands and I make the players around me better.”
Parkview won the Class 6A state championship back in March with 69-64 overtime win over Pine Bluff and handed Coach Al Flanigan his sixth career state title.
Garland had 20 points and was named the MVP.
“Coach Flanigan really pushed us,” Garland said. “We had one just one senior last year and we finally got him a ring. We had to get him a ring.”
Garland is averaging 12.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists this spring and summer for Team Penny (14-2) in EYBL AAU competition.
He is shooting 54.1 percent from the field and 61.9 percent from the free throw line.
“We are number one in our division and headed to the Peach Jam,” Garland said. “Things are going great.”
Arkansas 2017 commits Darious Hall and Daniel Gafford