Arkansas got a chance to host Little Rock Parkview star Khalil Garland for an unofficial visit on Wednesday and he left very impressed.
“It went great,” Garland said. “I feel like going into this that I was open and each school I am looking at had the same shot, but Arkansas really put it out there for me today. I am very impressed.”
Arkansas wants to add Garland (6-6, 190) to its two in-state commits of El Dorado center Daniel Gafford (6-10, 223) and Little Rock Mills small forward Darious Hall (6-6, 215).
Gafford is ranked 35th nationally by Scout.com and 53rd by ESPN while Garland is the 62nd best player in the country per ESPN.
“The Arkansas coaches stressed that they want me, Daniel and Day Day (Hall) to be in the same class together and be three guys from our state to make it happen for the Razorbacks,” Garland said.
“I am good friends with both of those guys and it would be great to play with them in college. Daniel goes after everything in blocking shots and rebounding and dunking and Day Day is just a great athlete that is also a great basketball player.”
Garland, who de-committed from Memphis after embattled head coach Josh Pastner moved on to Georgia Tech, also plans to visit Oregon, LSU and Alabama this month.
He got a chance to see everything Arkansas had to offer on Wednesday.
“We toured the campus and the academic facilities as well as Bud Walton Arena and the practice facility, which is great,” Garland said. “I also got to meet with the strength and conditioning and see how that is a big part of college basketball.”
He also got a chance to see Arkansas work out, including the newcomers who just arrived on campus, in the two hours of practice that the NCAA allows during the summer.
“I know most of those guys and you can see they have a lot of talent,” Garland said. “I got excited watching those guys get after it.”
Garland was tabbed the MVP while leading Parkview to the Class 5A state title this past season.
He also has been a big part in helping Team Penny – coached by former Memphis star Penny Hardaway and former Arkansas star Todd Day – to a 14-2 mark this summer in EYBL AAU competition.
“Now it is just about getting better every day and getting ready to go try and win the Peach Jam (July 6-10),” Garland said. “Things are just going really good for me.”
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Springfield, Mo., Kickapoo small forward Jared Ridder (6-5, 180) committed to Xavier on Wednesday after visiting there a day earlier.
Ridder had earlier taken a pair of unofficial visits to Arkansas.