SEC Hoops Preview: Arkansas

Although former head coach Stan Heath is gone, there's still plenty of veteran talent in Fayetteville for new head head coach and former Florida assistant, John Pelphrey, to work with. The

The Razorbacks return all five starters from a team that advanced to the SEC Tournament finals and made the NCAA Tournament. They've struggled some in the non-conference schedule as they adjust to Pelphrey's hectic scheme, but with the significant experience and size advantage they will have against most upcoming opponents, they should be a contender in the SEC.

Head Coach:
John Pelphrey
Associate Head Coach: Rob Evans

Projected Depth Chart (returning starters in bold) :
PG Gary Ervin Jr. 6-0/176
Stefan Welsh So. 6-2/180

SG Patrick Beverley So. 6-1/172

SF Sonny Weems Sr. 6-6/201

PF Darian Townes Sr. 6-10/254
Charles Thomas Sr. 6-8/235

C Steven Hill Sr. 7-0/250
Michael Washington So. 6-10/229

Key Returners:
SG Patrick Beverley, PF Darian Townes
Key Losses: none
Key Newcomers:

The backcourt is carried by junior point guard Gary Ervin and reigning SEC freshman of the year, Patrick Beverley. The two have combined for 21.7 points and 6.2 assists per game. The team's greatest asset, however, is a tremendous front court led by four seniors in including 7-foot behemoth Steven Hill and the team's leading scorer and rebounder, Darian Townes.

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