Send to KindleAlthough B.J. Young and Marshawn Powell declared for the NBA Draft and Hunter Mickelson transferred to Kansas, Mike Anderson will still have a very experienced basketball team that will be capable of an NCAA bid this upcoming season. His two signees for the upcoming season could have pushed Mickelson for playing time if he hadn’t left for the Jayhawks.
Mike Anderson only has two commitments for the upcoming season, but both should play and make a difference immediately.
Anderson signed a pair of potential premiere players in 6-9, 225-lb. Bobby Portis of Little Rock, a 5-star power forward who has been graded as the top center in the nation by Rivals.com and the No. 11 power forward in the nation by ESPN.
“For a player of his size, he can score, defend, has the versatility to play inside and out, has a high motor, runs the floor, rebounds and is a proven winner,” summed up Anderson, “I love his passion, basketball IQ, leadership qualities and his work ethic is second to none.”
Anderson likes Portis’s ability to play in both the half-court and in transition on offense, but he is very flexible in being able to do that in a game where he might be playing against a team that would slow Arkansas down, force Portis to defend and then with a turnover, Portis will immediately turn on the jets and figure in a fast break.
The Razorbacks’ second selection was Moses Kingsley, a 4-star center out of Huntington Prep and New Albany, Miss. Kingsley has been known more as a defensive presence, but Anderson noted that he had seen him improved markedly on offense over the past two years. Kingsley is another big man who can transition and will see plenty of playing time along side Portis. Interestingly, the two played side by side on the Arkansas Wings AAU program as they were in high school and prep school.
Anderson said that size was a major factor in his recruiting scheme and even though he only signed two players, these are high level people who can come in and play some minutes as freshmen.
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