Introducing the Hoops recruitment class at Arkansas 2022

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With the latest addition, Arkansas has up to six players in its recruitment class of 2022.

The group is probably the best in the history of the school, but it is certainly the best class during the modern era of recruiting rankings.

Rivals is currently in the national 2nd place and lags behind only the historical group Duke, which contains the three best players in the class.

Here is a closer look at the Razorbacks 2022 class…

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Nick Smith

School: North Little Rock (ARC)

Position: Ranger

Height: 6-5 Weight: 185

Entered: September 29, 2021

Ranking: 5-star, no. 4 in Rivals150, no. 1 PG

Statistics 2021-22 (senior): 26.5 points, 8 rebounds, 7.3 assists (before the match for the state title)

Statistics 2020-21 (junior): 25 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists

Statistics 2019-20 (sophomore): 21.3 points, 3 rebounds, 3 gains

Notable: McDonald’s All-American… Selected to play in Jordan Brand Classic… Selected to play in Iverson Classic… 1 out of 5 finalists for Naismith HS Boys Player of the Year… Naismith HS first All-American team… Helped North Little Rock win the state class 6A championship with a balance of 26-3 as a senior… Appointed MVP of the state championship match, in which he scored 25 points in 8 of 16 shootings and had 6 rebounds and 5 assists… North Little Rock finished in 10th place in the USA TODAY Sports Super 25 … Led Brad Beal Elite AAU finished second at Peach Jam 2021, averaging 18.6 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists… Peach Jam final 31 points… Player of the Year 2021 in Arkansas by MaxPreps and Arkansas Democrat-Gazette … 2020 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Underclasser of the Year… Started high school career in Sylvan Hills

Jordan Walsh

School: Link Year Academy (Branson, Mo.)

Position: Small forward

Height: 6-7 Weight: 200

Entered: October 14, 2021

Ranking: 5-star, no. 19 in Rivals150, no. 7 SF

Statistics 2020-21 (junior): 18 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, 2.4 gains, 2.3 blocks

Ranking: McDonald’s All-American… Selected to play at Jordan Brand Classic… Honorable Mention Naismith HS All-American… Helped Link Academy placed 4th at GEICO High School Nationals, the national preparatory school tournament in Fort Myers, Florida… Link Year ended the regular season with a record 31-1 and No. 1 in the US TODAY Sports Super 25… Prior to that, he spent time at the Southern California Academy in Castaic, California and the Faith and Family Academy in Oak Cliff, California. 2021 Nationwide Class 4A Selection by the Texas Basketball Coaches Association… Helps Faith and Family win a 4A state title with a buzzer soak in freshman… Hometown is Desoto, Texas

Anthony Black

School: Duncanville, Texas

Position: Shooting protector

Height: 6-6 | Weight: 185

Entered: March 28, 2022

Ranking: 4-star, no. 27 in Rivals150, no. 5 SG

Statistics 2021-22 (senior): 13.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 2.2 gains

Statistics 2019-20 (sophomore): 10.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 2.3 profits

Notable: McDonald’s All-American … Selected to play in Iverson Classic … Helped Duncanville win the 6A State Championship with a score of 35-1 … Named the MVP of the state championship, in which he scored 17 points and was 9 out of 11 free throw line… Duncanville finished 3rd in the US TODAY Sports Super 25… In 2022 he won the TABC All-State Award začal Career began at Coppell High School (Texas)

Derrian Ford

School: Magnolia (ARC)

Position: Shooting protector

Height: 6-4 Weight: 210

Entered: July 14, 2021

Rating: 4-star, no. 76 in Rivals150, no. 16 SG

Statistics 2021-22 (senior): 23.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.7 gains (before the match for the state title)

Statistics 2020-21 (junior): 23.2 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists

Notable: Two-year-old Gatorade Player of the Year in Arkansas (2021, 2022) … He helped Magnolia win the Class 4A state championship with a perfect balance of 30: 0 as a senior … Named the MVP of the state championship match, in which he scored 29 points. 11 of 22 shot and had 5 rebounds and 2 thefts … He won three state titles in Magnolia (the 2020 title was shared due to COVID) … He helped Magnolia set a 103: 6 record during his four seasons, losing only once (with Morrilton and colleague Joseph Pastorka in the semifinals of 2021) during his last three seasons … Also named the best winner of the state tournament class 4A as a freshman and sophomore … Selection of the first team for all states by Max Preps in the second year

Jozef Pastorek

School: Morrilton (ARC)

Position: Small forward

Height: 6-6 | Weight: 185

Entered: October 23, 2020

Ranking: 4-star, no. 128 in Rivals150, no. 33 SF

Statistics 2020-21 (junior): 17.2 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 gains, 1 block, 40% 3PT

Statistics 2019-20 (second year): 18 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.6 gains, 1.4 blocks

Statistics 2018-19 (newcomer): 12.3 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 theft, 1 block

Notable: 2021 first team All-Arkansas Preps from Arkansas Democrat-Gazette … Led Morrilton to a match for the 4A State Championships as a junior … Named first team All-Arkansas Preps from Arkansas Democrat-Gazette as a junior

Barry Dunning Jr.

School: McGill-Toolen Catholic (Mobile, Ala.)

Position: Small forward

Height: 6-6 | Weight: 195

Entered: July 5, 2021

Ranking: 3-star, no. 133 in Rivals150, no. 36 SF

Statistics 2021-22 (senior): 25.3 points, 12.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 3.3 thefts, 1.7 blocks, 43.7% 3PT

Statistics 2020-21 (junior): 21.5 points, 11.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 2.1 gains, 1.8 blocks

Notable: Double Gatorade Player of the Year in Alabama (2021, 2022)… Player of the Year 2022 AL.com Coastal Alabama… Triple team selection of all states… Leaded McGill-Toolen to the state semifinal class 6A as a senior… He had 25 points, 18 rebounds and 3 gains in this semi-final loss… Declared MVP All-Star Classic 2022 Alabama-Mississippi, who finished with 22 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists… Finalist for 2022 for ASWA Class 6A Player of the Year and considered an ASWA contender Basketball Award… Named Player of the Year Class 6A from the Mobile Optimist Club

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