Fort Smith Connections Part of This Basketball Recruiting Report from Kevin McPherson

Fayetteville, AR-

Drew Amman: Back on the Pig Trail and we are talking hoops again and this time with our hoops insider, Kevin Mcpherson, Hogville.Net,

let’s go back to yesterday’s game and a good one for Arkansas, and as Avery Johnson mentioned, Daniel Gafford

on another level, this guy had 29 points 16 boards.

 

Kevin McPherson: If that is his Bud Walton Farewell that is how you wanna go out. 29 points a career high 16 boards. He controlled both ends of the floor

and one play was a microcosm a crossover coast to coast to a eurostep and lay in. You wanna go out in style. A couple of years ago

Bobby Portis had a big game in his final game at BWA, but Arkansas lost to LSU. Gafford not only had a big game, he was the big shot in the arm as Arkansas won three in a row going into the SEC Tournament. Postseason is there, probably a solid fit for the NIT but maybe NCAA Tournament possibilities are still out there with a couple, three wins in the conference tournament.

 

Drew Amman: A couple of guards here Isaiah Joe and Desi Sills. You’ve seen him score more than 15 in a game, but that’s what he had yesterday, but did some other things as well, rebounding, a lot of steals. Sills, what a spark in the starting lineup, that guy had 11 for Arkansas.

 

 

Kevin McPherson: Joe tied his career high with six boards and six steals and dunked the ball at one point, had an offensive rebound that was key. Both

ends of the court we’re seeing that he is more than just a guy who hits from three. Second leading scorer among freshmen in the SEC

behind Tyler Herro of Kentucky.  SEC’s leader in three pointers made, Arkansas’ all time leader in threes for a single season. Leads all SEC Players in 3 point percentage, has led Arkansas in steals all year, he’s in the top ten among SEC players in that category. He is more than a three point shooter and he’s gotten better and better inside that arc as the season moved on. Sills since he has been inserted into the starting lineup is a big reason who the Hogs made this push, solid defensively, probably made them better

defensively. But he’s done a good job moving the ball on offense and feeding off guys 

like Gafford and Joe setting up on those wings going seven of 11 from three in the last five games and he has been averaging nearly ten points per game in this stretch, so both of those guys the backcourt have really complimented Gafford in this stretch. 

 

Drew Amman: Recruiting now, Jersey Wolfenbarger what about her considering she is in the class of 2021?

 

Kevin McPherson: She is a sophomore but she scored 23 points Friday in the state championship game and hit the game winner with under five seconds left as Northside beat Bentonville in a thriller. Then yesterday she was at Bud Walton Arena and I talked to her about recruiting. I did an interview with her. The only school she brought up is Arkansas. She’s got an Arkansas offer. She talked about coach Neighbors. We see what a job he has done getting that team to the SEC Tournament finals. But  she is a Razorback fan. She is close with Isaiah Joe. They work out together in Fort Smith.  But there is a name to keep an eye on. She’s arguably the top player in the state on the women’s side.

 

Drew Amman: Let’s group these last two as we close Jaylin Williams out of the class of 2020 and then we saw Chris Moore at Bud Walton Arena yesterday.

 

Kevin McPherson: Those guys are going to team up in the summer and spring and summer grass roots. Chris Moore was at Bud Walton Arena yesterday. Was an unofficial visit. We know Arkansas  is high on his priority list and vice versa. He bowed out in the 5A tournament semi-finals. So he didn’t get to the finals again this year. But a great season for him. A double double machine. Then Jaylin Williams probably the biggest name right now emerging out of that junior class. He’s got an Arkansas offer. He wants to take an official visit to Arkansas as soon as he can. He won MVP honors leading Fort Smith Northside to the 6A boys state title. 20 points, 16 rebounds, 3 blocks. Just a monster game for him. 

 

Drew Amman: Kevin great stuff as always. You can see his stuff on Hogville.net. We have some football news coming up. Spring Football rolling on for Arkansas. That’s after this.”