Otis' Friday Arkansas Razorback Chatter

Arkansas is looking at several options for the Class of 2017 basketball recruiting class.

Arkansas' basketball program has one scholarship available for the Class of 2017. They signed three players in November and have nine players scheduled to return at this time. As always, the number of returning players could change, but Mike Anderson said recently he expects everyone back next year.

The Razorbacks have been linked to several recruits who are now open because of coaching changes or other personal reasons. The lastest rumor has them among the schools contacting Farmington (Mich.) North Farmington 3-star point guard Amauri Hardy. He committed to Oklahoma State on Dec. 9, but then reopened his recruiting on March 30 when there was a coaching change in Stillwater.

DIVision is reporting that Hardy has heard from Arkansas, Seton Hall, Georgia Tech, Washington, UNLV and Cincinnati since reopening his recruiting. Arkansas could use a true point guard in this class. Since Hardy never signed with the Cowboys he would be eligible immediately.

The interesting school in the mix could be Georgia Tech. He took an official visit there on Sept. 23. He chose the Cowboys over Georgia and Georgia Tech originally.

Arkansas is also known to be very interested in Miami of Ohio freshman point guard Michael Weathers who is leaving the school. He has a twin brother, Marcus, who is also transferring. Michael was the Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year this season after averaging 16.7 points, 4.8 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game. Marcus, 6-5, 195, is a forward who averaged 9.7 points and six rebounds per game.

Marcus told the Shawnee Dispatch's Chris Duderstadt recently that Kansas would be the dream school for the two to attend and playing closer to home would be nice. The two may or may not go to the same school. They played high school basketball at Shawnee Mission North.

Memphis is also losing a pair of standouts to transfer. Dedric and K.J. Lawson are leaving the Memphis program along with their father Keelon. The two played for Tubby Smith this season following Josh Pastner going to Georgia Tech. Smith moved Keelon into administration and off the coaching staff on the floor when he arrived.

This season Dedric averaged 19.2 points, 9.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists each outing. K.J. averaged 12.3 points and 8.1 boards each game. Dedric was a sophomore while K.J. a redshirt freshman. Dedric is 6-9, 236, while K.J. is 6-7, 210.

The two also have two younger brothers who are projected to be out will standing players. Chandler Lawson is a Class of 2019 forward who will play with Team Penny on Saturday and Sunday in Bentonville (Ark.). The 6-7, 180-pound, Lawson will play in the Warmup AAU Tournament.

Football Recruits

This will be a smaller group this weekend than the one last Saturday. Ashdown (Ark.) 3-star cornerback LaDarrius Bishop and Star City (Ark.) offensive lineman Jax Gasaway will be on the campus. Both are 2018 recruits and the Hogs have offered Bishop. Others could visit and a few of the signees in February will also be at the scrimmage.


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