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re: Arkansas Basketball 2023 (and beyond) Recruiting Thread *PG Layden Blocker Commits*
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FUTURECAST: Assane Diop to Arkansas


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In July, I entered a FutureCast for Diop’s teammate and cousin, Baye Fall, to commit to Arkansas. After learning that the Razorbacks would indeed take both players, I’ve entered a prediction for the four-star forward to join Fall in Fayetteville.

Diop fits the way that Eric Musselman wants to play and the four-star forward has been enamored with the Razorbacks for a long time. He’s still projected to have awhile left in the recruiting process, but I like where Arkansas stands currently.


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we might be more talented next year than this year, at this rate


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2024 Annor Boateng visited last Thursday to see the Razorbacks workout before the European trip.

It's the second visit in five weeks for Boateng.


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Isaiah Evans is the No. 42 ranked player in the 2024 On3 Consensus. The 6-foot-6 wing averaged 9.9-points, 4.1-rebounds, and 1.4 steals per game and shot 33.7-percent from three playing with The Skills Factory on the 16u Nike EYBL Circuit this summer.

“I’m at my best when I’m hitting threes and spacing the floor,” Evans told On3. “I’m an energetic player who likes to get my team going vocally and being that presence getting everyone involved. I defend and rebound, and I think I showed in July I can handle the ball pretty well too. I love watching James Harden and how he takes players off the dribble. He is unstoppable, and people can’t really do anything about it.”

The four-star wing from Huntersville (NC) North Mecklenburg High had many college coaches buzzing. On3 caught up with Isaiah Evans at a recent Made Hoops camp to see which schools are prioritizing him.

“I don’t have any official visits set yet,” Evans said. “But I plan to see Tennessee and Arkansas pretty soon. I hear a lot from Georgetown too.”


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Arkansas: “I know Coach (Eric) Musselman has flipped that program around fast. They play how I play. They play hard, and they are really energetic. Really, I just like their program in general. They have been showing me a lot of love.”


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“I want to go somewhere that will get me better,” Evans said. “I want to get to the NBA and go to a school that will develop me to get there. I’ll need to improve physically, so I’ll look closely at the schools with a history of giving players that extra push.

“I want to go to a program that is fast-tempo, where they space the floor. I want to go into a culture that is high-energy. Play with guys that are going to match what I’m doing.”


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Isaiah Evans is a lengthy prospect, all arms and legs right now. He moves fluidly and is comfortable handling the ball in the open floor. He is good in the passing lanes; his length and anticipation help deflections. Evans is very thin and will need to continue adding weight. The jump shot comes across his face and is inconsistent. Good off-ball cutter seems to have a high basketball IQ. Inconsistent in creating in the half-court, re-tooling the jump shot will also help here. He has a lot of tools and a natural basketball IQ; he also competes and does a lot of the little things.


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Summer scouting series: Adidas 3SSB's best 2023 bigs


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1. Baye Fall, Colorado Hawks

Fall is a physically gifted big man with size, length, athleticism, and mobility. He runs the floor extremely well, can slide his feet laterally, and is a bouncy leaper. His best potential lies on the defensive end of the floor, where he is already a high-level rim protector who can block shots on and off the ball. He also moves exceptionally well laterally for his size, allowing him rare versatility as a pick-and-roll defender, who can even be switchable in certain situations. Offensively, he’s a bouncy finisher around the rim and also has soft touch inside the paint, and maybe even some long-term floor-spacing potential. However, his overall approach can lack efficiency on that end. He rarely gets deep position or even makes himself as much of a lob-threat as he should be, and instead has a tendency to settle for a variety of fade-aways and other “tough twos.” Fall had an extremely high turnover rate through Adidas play with almost five turnovers per game and also tends to be an inconsistent defensive rebounder for his size. His biggest liability at the moment is a lack of strength. He’s very lean, in both his upper and lower body, and can getsdisplaced easily on both ends of the floor and even bounce off of more physically developed big men.


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2 VOTE RECIPIENTS


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Baye Fall is another top ten prospect in the class and has his fair share of talent and upside. He's a long and athletic post who plays hard and is a high level rim protector. With added strength and a more polished offensive skillset, he can certainly make a jump.


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Top 10 junior Isaiah Elohim is getting interest from all over the country, but he mentioned three programs that stick out to him early on.

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Arkansas: “I definitely like their pedigree and coaching experience. Coach (Eric) Musselman has been an NBA coach for about seven years and they have assistant coaches that have been in the NBA. They’re definitely going to teach their players pro stuff.”


On going pro: “I think that my main goal is college for now.”

Visits: “I was planning on going on a visit in August, but that’s not confirmed yet. I’ll probably be visiting UCLA.”


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LAYDEN BLOCKER - ARKANSAS


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Eric Musselman has done a solid job at landing the top in-state talent at Arkansas. Last year, it was Nick Smith, this year it is Layden Blocker who now ranks No. 29 overall in the updated rankings. While both bring the same spirit from a competitive perspective. Blocker does most of his damage at the rim with his athleticism and defensive prowess. The consistency of his offense will come in due time at the SEC level, but he can step in from day one and provide as a defensive pest that will bother opposing talented guards from day one. His high energy style, toughness and leadership should make him a fan favorite from the moment he steps onto campus in Fayetteville.


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Damn he missed his 5th star by one damn spot.


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Yep, in the composite 1 spot away at #22 but in the 247 only rankings Baye Fall is the last 5 star at #16.

Blocker is at #29.


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I'd still bet he gets it in the next update so it's whatever.


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Listed in chronological order of Muss offering them:

2023 Rivals 150 updateLINK

Mikey Williams - #26 (-7)
Bryson Warren - OTE
Omaha Biliew - IAST - #15 (+3)
Jalen Lewis - OTE
Justin McBride - #73 (+49)
Layden Blocker - ARK - #29 (+6)
Brady Dunlap - Unranked
Gus Yalden - WISC - #104 (+5)
Taylor Bol Bowen - FSU - #27 (-3)
Stephon Castle - UCONN - #24 (+4)
Ja'Kobe Walter - BAY - #17 (-1)
Wesley Yates - #23 (+1)
Tyler Smith - OTE
Dajuan Wagner - #3 (-1)
Zayden High - #46 (-8)
Ronald Holland - #12 (+2)
Baye Fall - #11 (+1)
KJ Lewis - ARIZ - #43 (+1)
Assane Diop - #110 (-14)
George Washington - tOSU - #77 (-15)
Jeremiah Johnson - Unranked
Chris Johnson - KU - #55 (—)
Osiris Grady - Unranked
Brandon Garrison - OKST - #41 (+17)
Chris Lockett - #150 (-12)


ESPN 2023 - LINK

Mikey Williams - #30 (-10)
Bryson Warren - OTE
Omaha Biliew - IAST - #9 (—)
Jalen Lewis - OTE
Layden Blocker - ARK - #22 (+5)
Brady Dunlap - #82 (-5)
Taylor Bol Bowen - FSU - #66 (-17)
Stephon Castle - UCONN - #23 (+30)
JaKobe Walter - BAY - #17 (—)
Wesley Yates - #38 (+9)
Tyler Smith - OTE
Dajuan Wagner - #1 (—)
Zayden High - #61 (-25)
Ronald Holland - #10 (-6)
Baye Fall - #20 (-4)
KJ Lewis - ARIZ - NR (-40)
Assane Diop - #57 (-11)
George Washington - tOSU - #55 (-25)
Chris Johnson - KU - #33 (-9)
Osiris Grady - NR (-11)
Brandon Garrison - OKST - #37 (+19)
Chris Lockett - NR (-18)


247 2023 - LINK

6-2 CG Mikey Williams (San Diego, CA) - 4-star, No. 19 (-8)
Bryson Warren - OTE
6-8 PF Omaha Biliew (Waukee, IA) - 5-star, No. 15 (+1) - IAST
Jalen Lewis - OTE
6-7 PF Justin McBride (Dallas, TX) - 3-star, No. 148
6-2 PG Layden Blocker (Little Rock, AR) - 4-star, No. 29 (+5) - ARK
6-7 PF Brady Dunlap (Studio City, CA) - 3-star, No. 130 (-55)
6-8 C Gus Yalden (Appleton, WI) - 4-star, No. 93 (-1) - WISC
6-9 PF Taylor Bowen (Wolfeboro, NH) - 4-star, No. 54 (-17) - FSU
6-6 CG Stephon Castle (Covington, GA) - 4-star, No. 23 (+4) - UCONN
6-5 SG Ja'Kobe Walter (McKinney, TX) - 4-star, No. 20 (-3) - BAY
6-4 SG Wesley Yates (Beaumont, TX) - 4-star, No. 35 (+5)
Tyler Smith - OTE
6-3 CG Dajuan Wagner Jr. (Camden, NJ) - 5-star, No. 2 (—)
6-9 PF Zayden High (Spring Branch, TX) - 4-star, No. 55 (-11)
6-8 PF Ron Holland (Duncanville, TX) - 5-star, No. 12 (—)
6-10 C Baye Fall (Denver, CO) - 5-star, No. 16 (-2)
6-4 SF KJ Lewis (Duncanville, TX) - 4-star, No. 43 (-13) - ARIZ
6-10 C Assane Diop (Denver, CO) - 3-star, No. 131 (-10)
6-2 SG George Washington III (Louisville, KY) - 4-star, No. 106 (-4) - tOSU
6-2 PG Jeremiah Johnson (Oklahoma City, OK) - Unranked
6-5 CG Chris Johnson (Missouri City, TX) - 4-star, No. 49 (-16) - KU
6-8 PF Osiris Grady (Henderson, NV) - Unranked
6-9 C Brandon Garrison (Oklahoma City, OK) - 4-star, No. 50 (+13) - OKST
6-5 SG Chris Lockett (New Orleans, LA) - Unranked
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Rivals updated their official 2023 recruiting rankings on Tuesday, and Arkansas fans should be thrilled at where some of their prospects found themselves.

For 2023, Arkansas’s class is shaping up pretty much as expected. Although there’s only one commitment so far, the other high priority targets are trending in the right direction, with two of the prospects set to take their official visits September 16th through 18th.

As far as rankings go, three of the four top targets moved up in the rankings. Other recruits shows more variation, but what looks to be the Razorbacks’ recruiting class mostly moved up together.


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Baye Fall moved up one spot from twelfth nationally to eleventh and maintained his five-star status.


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Ronald Holland moved up two spots from fourteenth to twelfth, also maintaining his five-star status.


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The biggest mover of the bunch came from Arkansas’ only commit so far in 2023, Layden Blocker. He moved up six spots, from 35th to 29th nationally. He’s still just on the cusp of five-star status.


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Assane Diop dropped fourteen spots from 96th to 110th. He maintained his four-star ranking.


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Rivals 2024
SG Annor Boateng - #13 (+41)
SF Dallas Thomas - #67 (-12)
SG David Castillo - #22 (-6)
SF Asa Newell - #13 (+6)
SG Trentyn Flowers - #24 (-10)
PG Jase Richardson - #36 (-16)
SF Naasir Cunningham - #4 (-2)
SG Ian Jackson - #3 (-2)
PG Labaron Philon - #60 (-19)
SF Isaiah Evans - #44 (+5)
SG Tre Johnson - #1 (+2)
SG Dink Pate - #18 (+3)
SG Isaiah Elohim - #16 (-11)
SF Liam McNeeley - #25 (-2)
SF Amier Ali - #41 (-9)
SG Vyctorius Miller - #23 (-15)

SF Marcus Allen - #35 (—)
PF Robert Miller - #65 (+8)
PG Curtis Givens - #99 (-10)
SF Jahki Howard - #51 (-14)
PF Sammie Yeanay - #97 (-13)
PG Jaye Nash - #122 (-27)
PG Elijah Duval - #119
SF Jalen Shelley - #52 (-13)

ESPN 2024
SF Annor Boateng - #44 (-1)
SF Dallas Thomas - #33 (+8)
PG David Castillo - #8 (-1)
PF Asa Newell - #23 (+23)
SF Trentyn Flowers - #24 (-11)
SG Jase Richardson - #32 (-7)
SF Naasir Cunningham - #3 (-2)
SF Ian Jackson - #2 (+1)
PG Labaron Philon - #36 (-5)
SF Isaiah Evans - NR
SG Tre Johnson - #1 (+3)
SG Dink Pate - NR
SF Isaiah Elohim - #14 (-12)
SF Liam McNeeley - #15 (-9)
SF Amier Ali - #13 (+13)

SG Vyctorius Miller - #17

SF Marcus Allen - #54
PF Robert Miller
PG Curtis Givens - #56
SF Jahki Howard - #34
PF Sammie Yeanay - #49
PG Jaye Nash
PG Elijah Duval - #45
SF Jalen Shelley - #30

247 2024 update - LINK
SF Annor Boateng - #54 (-18)
SF Dallas Thomas - #57 (-30)
CG David Castillo - #25 (+4)
PF Asa Newell - #6 (+35)
SF Trentyn Flowers - #21 (-15)
PG Jase Richardson - #49 (-23)
SF Naasir Cunningham - #3 (-2)
SG Ian Jackson - #2 (—)
PG Labaron Philon - #40 (NR last update)
SF Isaiah Evans - #16 (+4)
SG Tre Johnson - #1 (+2)
SG Dink Pate - #28 (+15)
SG Isaiah Elohim - #13 (-9)
PF Liam McNeeley - #22 (+3)
SF Amier Ali - #47 (-13)
SG Vyctorius Miller - #14 (-9)
SF Marcus Allen - #52 (-5)
PF Robert Miller - #62 (+13)
PG Curtis Givens - #88 (-15)
SF Jahki Howard - #93 (-65)
PF Sammie Yeanay - #99 (NR last update)
PG Jaye Nash - #105 (NR last update)
PG Elijah Duval - #75
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Layden Blocker bumped 5 spots on ESPN to #22.

He gained his 5th star in the 247 composite.


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Five star junior Trentyn Flowers is in the process of setting visits for this upcoming year. The 6-foot-8, 180 pound forward is planning to visit, Oklahoma, Kansas, Duke, Oregon, Arkansas, Michigan, and Memphis with no dates set.

“The process has been going really well,” he said. “I’ve been talking with multiple schools, high majors, power five, and some of the blue bloods so I’ve been blessed.”


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Arkansas: “It’s pretty good, still building. I’ve been talking with them since the first day I could and have been steadily building that relationship.”


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“I should be cutting my list down in October, I don’t know how many yet but early October,” he said. “I don’t have a set time for a decision though I’m just taking it one step at a time.”


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Labaron Philon is the 2024 On3 Consensus No. 39 player. The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 24.7 points his sophomore year at Mobile (AL) Baker High.

“I like to model my game after Devin Booker and Bradley Beal,” Philon told On3. “Mostly because those guys have good finishing tools and play both guard positions. In July, I really feel like my game got better because I became one of the best two-way players I could be.”

College programs have taken notice and started to prioritize him. On3 caught up with Labaron Philon to talk about upcoming visits.

“My recruiting been the same, really,” Philon said. “I’m visiting Auburn, Kansas, and Arkansas soon.”


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Arkansas: “Arkansas is a school high on my list. I have a great relationship with Coach (Eric) Musselman. One of my best friends (Barry Dunning) plays there and highly recommends it.”


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“I will be looking into how the staff and people around campus welcome me,” Philon said. “Like when I go on the visit and the people walking around the campus greet me and say hey.

“I’ll look at each school’s style of play because I like to play freely. I feel like it doesn’t matter where the location is, as long as it’s a good fit.”


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Labaron Philon is a quick on quick lead guard. He has long arms and a projectable frame with wide shoulders. Philon has a quick handle that gets him into the paint. He can knock down a jump shot with three-point range and consistency. There is a confidence and a competitiveness with Philon. He needs to add strength as he has a slight frame. There is upside on the defensive end; he can move his feet guarding the ball and is quick to get into the passing lanes. There is a natural smoothness he has on the ball with an upside to continue getting better.


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Baye Fall has been a five-star mainstay since On3’s inception. The 6-foot-10 center uses his lanky, wirey frame and non-stop motor to consistently find production on the floor.

Fall is On3’s No. 9 player in the 2023 rankings. The 6-foot-10 center had good summer on the Adidas 3SSB Circuit. Playing with the Colorado Hawks, Synergy tells us he averaged 17.9 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks. He shot 50.3 percent from the field.

Earlier in August, Joe Tipton broke the news of Fall’s top seven; Kansas State, Texas, Seton Hall, Arkansas, Auburn, Colorado, and Rutgers.


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Baye Fall took early unofficial visits to Arkansas and Colorado. He took his first official in June to Auburn and Bruce Pearl.

Fall has three September official visit set. He is at Rutgers on September 1, Texas on September 10, Arkansas September 16, and Seton Hall on September 28.


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“I’m looking for a place where I can work on my game,” Fall said. “I want coaches that I trust who will hold me accountable. I want to go to a place that will get me better for the next level. I’m also looking for a school that will help me academically because my family is big on that.”


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Fall’s first visit was to Arkansas. His first official visit was to Auburn. Those seem to be the two schools with the most traction right now.

Texas could be someone school to watch. They get the center on campus and push for him; things could get interesting.

Fall has visits set with Rutgers and Seton Hall. He has spoken extensively about the relationship both schools have built with him and his family.

Auburn got the first official visit and the only junior year official. There carried some steam around the June time frame, talking squarely about how they developed Jabari Smith.

Fall took his unofficial to Arkansas during the Kentucky game last year. He consistently speaks highly of that game atmosphere and the relationship he has with Eric Musselman. Watch the September 16 visit to Arkansas. They are currently the school that has my expert pick with a 90 confidence rating.

Arkansas has been the leader here for a while, so the longer things drag out, the more questions that can arise. Who will get the final visit?

Arkansas, Auburn, and Texas would be the three I would watch heading into his September visits. Overtime Elite and the G-League remain options here.


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Baye Fall plays with a great motor, and that leads to ample production. He has good size with great length and is very fluid in his movements. Fall has touch that extends out to the three-point line, but his offensive game is still very raw. Fall plays best as the roll man or in the dunker spots. He is a good offensive rebounder, a put-back dunk threat of missed shots. Fall will need to continue adding strength. He does not have much with his back to the basket, and his pick-and-pop or trail jump shot feels a bit mechanical. Fall moves his feet well laterally and plays with vertical explosion. He is a good shot blocker and is instinctive in the passing lanes.


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Ron Holland is the 2023 On3 Consensus No. 9 ranked player. He has been in the national conversation since he was in high school and continued to have very positive outings on big stages.

Holland had an up-and-down summer after helping lead his Duncanville (TX) High team to another state title. He went to Spain with the USA u17 men’s basketball team this summer and won a gold medal. The 6-foot-8 forward was second on the team in scoring, rebounding, and minutes played.

He also averaged 11.3 points on 43 percent shooting from the field and 31.4 percent from three through three Nike EYBL Circuit sessions.

Holland has a long track record of success, which has kept in the top ten.


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Things have been somewhat quiet since June for Ron Holland. The five-star took four junior year official visits; Arkansas (6/11), Memphis (10/5), UCLA (5/12), and Kentucky (6/13).

Holland only has one senior year official visit set to this point, Texas on September 3.


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“What I’m looking for in a school is somewhere I can go play right away,” Holland told On3. “Well, not necessarily right away, but just somewhere I can fit in with the program. I’m looking to build those relationships with coaches so I can trust them to help me get where I’m trying to go.

I want to be a one-and-done and get to the league. Building a relationship with the coaches, that helps a lot because I can trust them, and they can trust me. I can help them win; they can help me reach my goals.”


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Joe Tipton broke the news in March that Ron Holland carried a top eight. Houston, UCLA, Arkansas, Texas, Memphis, Auburn, and Kentucky were the schools listed. The G-League Ignite program was also listed.

Holland took early visits to Arkansas, UCLA, Kentucky, and Memphis. He has a visit this weekend – September 2 – to Texas.

Parsing through the intel, Arkansas and Kentucky have been the two programs brought up with Holland. Kentucky fits the one-and-done notion, and Holland is a long wing that Calipari tends to covet. Holland has also not been shy to say he grew up a fan of Kentucky.

However, in this sense, I think Arkansas holds the current lead behind closed doors. Former Duncanville teammate Anthony Black is a freshman there and getting a lot of national and NBA notoriety. Holland has connected with the staff, most notably head coach Eric Musselman and his NBA background.

The wildcard here is Texas, monitor that visit closely. By all accounts, Chris Beard has turned up the heat on Holland. We will see if he plans any further visits or when a time frame of a commitment comes out.

Currently, heading into his first senior season visit, I would say Arkansas carries a slight lead over Texas. We’ll see is Calipari makes a push, but a lot could happen/shift this weekend in Austin.

Also, watch for the G-League Ignite. It is our understanding they have not issued an offer to Holland; however, he has a clear track in his head to the NBA and has spoken very candidly and openly about being open to that path.


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It is the motor for Holland; that is what you notice first. He has good positional size, but it is how hard he plays – on both ends – that gets people talking. Holland has performed at the highest levels, with Team USA, on Nike’s EYBL circuit, and at Duncanville High. Coming into his junior season, the question mark was the skill set; he has shown some improvement. While the jump shot is still below average, he can use the dribble to get downhill, and he’s developed confidence in his pull-up jumper. Holland is great in transition; he plays above the rim and has the upside to be an excellent defender – both on and off the ball. Production and winning that is what he has done for a while.


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Using the class calculator on 247 with our most likely targets at this point of Fall, Holland, Diop and Blocker. That puts us at a projected score of 68.66. In last years class that would put us 3rd right behind ourselves.

If we get the haul above, Muss will be in the wing market heavy during transfer portal szn.


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