Razorbacks replacing Rim-Raiding for Jaxson Robinson could mean the end of the era

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The king died. Long live the king.

Parents teach their kids that too much of a good thing is ultimately bad for you. Children, as they do, do not heed this advice (warning) and should try it themselves. However, mature people do the same. The great things in the world in excess can at best cause obvious change – and often do so – and hurt at worst.

Perhaps worse than children, adults try to exaggerate it. The difference is that they probably know better. Adults do a lot of good things and in their (pigs) minds we try to fit a square peg into the round hole. Sometimes it actually works. When that happens, most of us go, “Look! I told you!” When it doesn’t, we pretend it never happened. Remember, for example, how Brett Bilima’s focus on the offensive line would have returned the Arkansas running game to an elite level?

Basketball in Arkansas has a lot of good things right now. So much so, in fact, were the Razorbacks Ranked No. 3 in off-season college basketball surveys. Top Recruiter Nick Smith Jr. has just been named the No. 1 Recruiter in the Class of 2022 this week. CBS’ Dennis Dodd pecked Arkansas at that spot before the summer. And the Razorbacks list seems pretty close to setting.

The Razorbacks have no more free scholarships left after it was announced that Jaxson Robinson entered the gate on Thursday and the new transfer commitment Ricky Council IV on Friday.

What does the Fourth Reiki Council mean to Jaylene Williams

No more scholarships available means, at this point, it’s safe to assume that Jaylene Williams Era ended in Arkansas. Williams, who announced the NBA draft in April but has not hired an agent, now appears less likely to return to Fayetteville while he’s testing out the NBA’s drag water. The general consensus on the draft site is midway through the second round. Another Razorback would likely move away and free up a place for Williams, if he wanted to return, but such a transfer would need to apply for a waiver in order to play next season.

His comeback is the assumption under which Dodd wrote his top 25 very early on. Even without Williams next year, though, big things are expected for the Razorbacks as the board cements one of the best two or three transfer classes in the nation.

As a sophomore for the Shockers, the 6-foot-6, 205-pound board dropped 12 points per night while playing an average of 28 minutes. Not shabby. Sure, there’s a red flag in terms of his overseas shoot, which dropped from 44% in his first year to 30.6% last year. But he usually has a good stroke – like His free throw deals are 85% off. — and can feed while driving to the ledge and separate plunge pools, which should come in handy playing alongside the likes of Nick Smith, Davo Davis and Anthony Black.

Indeed, with Jordan Walsh, the board would make up what would go down in the Arkansas basketball records as the most amazing one or two groups in the program in terms of sheer diving ability.

Probably the Council’s most important role will come on the defensive side of the ball, where his super-quick hands, quick feet and 6’10” wingspan should cause havoc. “The Council can have the best body of Razorbacks coming and going,” Scotty Bordlon books from Whole Hog Sports.

“In an interview with WholeHogSports after his official visit to Arkansas, Council said his goal was to win Defensive Player of the Year in the league he was relegated to. With his size, explosiveness, and ability to guard multiple positions, he could be an immediate asset as a defender.”

Bordlon added that last season the board scored the second-best defensive rating (96.3) among five Shockers players who scored more than 500 minutes. As you can see in the video below, he’s a real strength whose physique and energy help to some extent make up for the loss of an All-SEC star with a high engined like Williams:

Arkansas New Basketball List

The Council is in a largely “centerless” wing mold with Jimmy Whitt and Au’Diese Toney having played well in the past for the Razorbacks of Musselman. Sure, he’s more versatile than Jaxon Robinson, who has had a deep stroke but hasn’t done enough in other aspects to stay on the field late in the season.

Modern basketball’s emphasis on versatility is a big reason why Conor Vanover, despite his modest perimeter shooting skill, hasn’t outdone the Razorbacks. At 7ft 3, Vanover could only play one spot and that was the one spot where his lack of footspeed limited him. Long gone are the days of traditional centers that permeated the college basketball scene. Perhaps Vanover – who has talent, even if his athletic fitness is not of SEC caliber – It could make an even bigger impact at the top tournament playing with Oral Roberts next year.

Basketball coaches are looking for players who can play several old-school positions, even if there are only three players left: ball player, winger, and senior with moves. Steady guys don’t need to apply anymore. Even big men like Daniel Gaford, who can’t shoot from outside of paint and can’t shoot it, have enough sportsmanship to provide skill in the game of roll, such as catch and roll, pick up and shoot down. Differences exist within these categories, but the distinction between a strong forward, center, and shooting goalkeeper versus a junior striker is indicative nowadays.

The Arkansas basketball roster, as it stands and assuming Williams has left, looks something like this:

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violin johnson, 6-7, 235

Michael Mitchell, 6-10, 245

Mickey Mitchell, 6-9, 230

Galen Graham, 6-9, 220

Trivon Brazil, 6-9, 215

Lawson Blake, 6-10, 225


Jordan Walsh, 6-7, 190

Barry Dunning, 6-6, 205

Joseph Binion, 6-6, 180

Fourth Reiki Council, 6-6, 205


Defoe Davis, 6-4, 180

Nick Smith, 6-4, 185

Anthony Black, 6-7, 185

Derian Ford, 6-3, 190

Kid Arbogast, 6-3, 170

Several things to note before proceeding: Blake is the walk and Arbogast is the former walk. Neither of them is likely to see significant minutes. Brothers Mitchell, Graham and Brasil, all relocated, enlisted, in theory to help Arkansas in the short term rather than the long term. Brazile is a long-term addition as well, but he’s expected to play right away. Walsh, Dunning, Binion, Smith, Black and Ford are all high school seniors and will be freshmen next year.. Walsh, Black, and Smith were five-star recruits, while the other three were four-stars.

The question is what message the council’s transition sends to the six new freshmen, all wards or guards. His introduction says something to the players on the roster, whether or not Moselman or Arkansas mean it.

Keep in mind that Jaxson Robinson was brought to the roster, even recruited, precisely because he was expected to be a big part of the puzzle. It didn’t work out on the court and he moved to his third school in three seasons. This is after he skipped his last year of high school. Not ideal for so-called NCAA athletes, is it?

The dark side of the transfer market?

Last week, we Books on how to NIL and Gateway Transport It changed the sport of college basketball. It’s a bit of a chicken or egg question when you relate to this. Players are encouraged to enter the portal to find their best place because their best place is not their current location. Robinson has proven himself to be a qualified player in the SEC, even if he is just a player off the bench. So if Pinion, Dunning, Ford or Brazile don’t run in their first year on campus, they are very likely to be the next entering the gate.

Really, it could be any player, although those look like the next level of potential transfers a year from now. These four players are specifically mentioned because they are the lowest rated among the newcomers. They are expected, based on their recruiting ratings, to not be quite as accomplished as the others.

(It’s a guess, roll with it.)

The point is, the demise of traditional college basketball is pretty much permanent. On a personal level, movement and vibration are the best for college basketball player. But note the slash. None of this is useful for a college student who plays basketball. Moving from campus to campus, sometimes as many as four different schools, over six years is not ideal for creating a quality education. This does not mean that the players are not smart enough. This is disputed. But a little relationship, a little identity, can be built if the player isn’t a place long enough to empty out exemplary.

And the NCAA is still pushing the idea of ​​a student-athlete champion. They are definitely heroic. Practicing juggling, academics – and now, managing a personal brand thanks to NIL – at the university level, and especially at the level of the major conference collegiate, is a daunting task. The NCAA’s declaration that it’s all about the person, though, is crap. The rabbit hole is open and there is no bottom in sight. College basketball — and soccer, baseball, and other major sports — simply benefit from the new system. The largest collective sports governing body has replaced one problem with another.

Things don’t always have to go this way. The United States is the only country on the planet that deals with college sports in this way. The rest of the world, first world or otherwise, has youth sports academies separate from college education, and the players here in the US are caught up in the deluge of it all.

The king died. Long live the king.


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