FAYETTEVILLE — by Kevin McPherson
Moses Moody wrapped up his first official visit to Arkansas today, and his weekend in Fayetteville left several impressions on him regarding the Razorbacks program.
“It was a pretty good visit,” said Moody, a 6-5 shooting guard at Montverde (FL) Academy and a Little Rock native who is rated the No. 20 prospect in the nation in the 2020 class — a 5-star recruit — according to ESPN. “I got to talk and spend time with the coaches, and most of the players are from Arkansas so I was glad to be with them and meet the new guys.
“I like Coach (Mike) Anderson’s approach. I got to hang out with Khalil (Garland, who was Moody’s player host and former teammate at Little Rock Parkview). I got to see the campus, and overall I got a good feel for the program.”
Moody, who was offered a scholarship by Arkansas in August 2017, headlined a big homecoming weekend of six visitors for the Hoop Hogs that included three Top 100 prospects on official visits from the ’20 class, one in-state Arkansas offer from the ’20 class on an unofficial visit, and two Arkansas targets from the ’21 class on unofficial visits.
Four of the six visitors are Arkansans, and here were some of their impressions after they departed Fayetteville …
More from 2020 Moses Moody …
On what Arkansas coaches said about his fit in their program: “They said they like my game, and that I’d be a key piece for what they want to do in the future.”
On the Red-White game played Friday night at Bud Walton Arena: “It was a good game. (Hog freshman guard) Isaiah Joe went off, he didn’t miss. I liked the atmosphere.”
On getting to watch Hogs sophomore center Daniel Gafford play in person: “He’s most definitely a pro. His game has advanced, he’s on a different level.”
On the other 2020 official visitors — Bryce Thompson (6-4 combo guard, Tulsa Booker T. Washington, ESPN national No. 45 / 4-star prospect, Arkansas offer) and Matthew Murrell (6-3 combo guard, Memphis Whitehaventonite, composite national No. 82 / 4-star prospect according to 247Sports, Arkansas offer): “I knew those guys already, and we got to spend time together. It was good.”
On potential visits to other schools: “I’m really not sure yet.”
Here’s what 2020 Jaylin Williams (6-10 forward/center, Fort Smith Northside, Joe Johnson Hawks, Arkansas offer) had to say about his unofficial visit to Arkansas …
“It was amazing. The support from the fans for just the red and white game was amazing. The team looked great.
“(Akansas coaches) said they like my game and how I can see the court. Also that I’m getting better everytime they see me.”
Here’s what 2021 Jalen Ricks (6-5 combo guard, Sylvan Hills, Joe Johnson Hawks, Arkansas target) had to say about his unofficial visit to Arkansas …
“It was a great experience and I enjoyed the knowledge from the coaching staff and meeting some of the players that I didn’t already know. It was great learning about the program and I am excited about coming back!
“They said they like how I can knock down the three and put the ball in the hole.”
Ricks added that Arkansas coaches spent time “with introductions and further explaining their play style and the program.”
Here’s what 2021 Terran Williams (6-4 wing, Barton via Marianna, Joe Johnson Hawks, Arkansas target) had to say about his unofficial visit to Arkansas …
“It was a great visit and I love the atmosphere of the school. They like how I attack the basket strong, and how I developed my shot.
“I fit their system because I’m a patient guy on offense and a strong and talkative player on defense, then I can also run in transition.”
2022 Nick Smith, Jr. (6-2 / 6-3 CG, Sylvan Hills, Joe Johnson Hawks, rated the No. 4 player out of 261 prospects at Pangos All South Frosh/Soph Camp last weekend by Grassrootshoops.net) was not technically on an unofficial visit, but he did attend the Red-White game Friday night and came away impressed …
“It was great being in that environment around Razorback fans. I thought the speed of the game was fast and the players were good. Isaiah Joe stood out to me because of his 3 ball.”
Arkansas reportedly offers 2019 juco forward in Florida
Arkansas coaches watched ’19 Doudou Gueye (6-9 forward, Daytona State College, FL) play at the Juco Showcase All American Jamboree last weekend, and according to VerbalCommits.com the Hogs have since extended a scholarship offer …
2019 Daytona State College (FL) F Doudou Gueye has received an offer from Arkansas. https://t.co/rR788urvJo
Gueye, a Senegal native who was a freshman at Ball State in ’16-17 before transferring, reportedly also picked up an offer from Seton Hall last week.