Pigs add another top player

By: Richard Davenport

Posted: Tuesday March 29th 2022

The historic recruiting class for the University of Arkansas men’s basketball program got better with the oral commitment of ESPN 5-Star prospect Anthony Black on Monday night.

Black, 6-7, 198 pounds, of Duncanville, Texas, becomes coach Eric Musselman’s third McDonald’s All-American in the recruiting class of 2022.

“It was just being able to trust the coaches and know they had my best interests in mind, while winning a lot of games and having a lot of fun,” Black told ESPN2 of his decision. to play for the Razorbacks.

He committed to the Razorbacks against Gonzaga, TCU, Oklahoma State and the chance to play in the NBA G-league at the Powerade Jam Fest on ESPN2. The event is part of the McDonald’s All-American Game festivities in Chicago.

Black made an official visit to Arkansas in September and an unofficial trip to the Tennessee game on Feb. 19. He said he came away impressed with Musselman.

“I like his energy and the way he coaches his team,” Black said Monday afternoon. “I can tell how much he cares about his guys and wants the best for his players.”

Black will play in the McDonald’s All-American Game at 8 p.m. tonight on ESPN with Arkansas signees and ESPN 5-Star prospects Nick Smith Jr. of North Little Rock and Jordan Walsh of Branson Link Academy. Smith and Walsh are the No. 6 and No. 10 overall prospects in the nation.

ESPN also ranks Black as the No. 9 small forward and No. 20 overall prospect in the nation, in addition to being the No. 3 rookie at Texas.

Former Hogs Todd Day and Lee Mayberry were selected to play in the McDonald’s All-American Game the same year in 1988.

Black, who is drafted to play guard at Arkansas, helped Duncanville win a Class 6A state championship while scoring 17 points and being named the game’s MVP.

His promise gives the Hogs the sixth top-100 prospect for the Class of 2022. Magnolia guard Darrien Ford, Morrilton guard Joseph Pinion and Mobile (Ala.) McGill-Toolen forward Barry Dunning Jr. are ESPN prospects 4 stars and rookies ranked No. 70, No. 75, and No. 89 nationwide. , respectfully.

Prior to Black’s addition, ESPN ranked Arkansas’ class No. 2 in the nation.

“I think I like to improve the players around me, just do things to help my team win,” Black said. “Just as a great keeper, I think I have a natural eye for passing and just good vision. Just using those God-given abilities helps make my teammates better.

Arkansas’ previous highest class in the ESPN recruiting era also fell under Musselman when the Hogs signed the No. 5 class nationally which included Moses Moody in 2020.

Arkansas joins Duke and Kansas as the only varsity teams with three members of their signature class playing in the McDonald’s All-American Game.

Black can sign with the Razorbacks during the spring signing period which runs from April 13 to May 18.

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