Arkansas basketball coach Eric Musselman landed his second-straight five-star recruit Thursday in 6-7 forward Jordan Walsh of Cedar Hill, Texas.
Walsh is the seventh-ranked overall high school player in the country for the class of 2022, according to ESPN. He joins North Little Rock’s Nick Smith, a 6-3 shooting guard ranked by ESPN as the sixth-best player in the ’22 class.
The Razorbacks’ 2022 haul already included three four-star players ranked in the ESPN top 100 — 6-3 shooting guard Derrian Ford of Magnolia, 6-6 shooting guard Joseph Pinion of Morrilton and 6-6 small forward Barry Dunning of Mobile, Ala.
Musselman’s 2022 class currently is ranked the second best in the country, the highest-rated class for Arkansas since ESPN began evaluating recruiting classes in 2007. Plus, the Hogs are in the mix to land another five-star in the 2022 class, 6-7 combo guard Anthony Black of Duncanville, Texas.
Coming off a 25-7 Elite 8 season, anticipation for Razorback basketball is as high as it’s been since the glory days of the mid-90’s under Nolan Richardson. Heading into October, the number of total tickets remaining for all home games in 19,200-seat Bud Walton Arena for upcoming season numbered only around 100.
The Hogs will hold their annual Red-White intrasquad game Sunday, Oct, 17, at 2 p.m. in Barnhill Arena. The game is open to the public. Arkansas will play two exhibition games in Bud Walton on Oct. 24 and Oct. 30 before officially opening the 2021-22 campaign on Nov. 9 in Fayetteville against Mercer.