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Monday, 18 November 2019 06:24

Earl Boykins

Earl Boykins, a 13-year NBA veteran, is in his first season as Arkansas men’s basketball Director of Student-Athlete Development.

Boykins played for head coach Eric Musselman with the Golden State Warriors during the 2002-03 season and while Musselman was an assistant coach for the Orlando Magic.

Since his retirement from the NBA, Boykins was the head coach at Douglas County (Colo.) High School as well as running the Boykins Basketball Academy in Denver. In addition, he founded non-profit “Boykins Kids” and has been a lecturer on leadership.

Boykins, the second-shortest player in the NBA history at 5-5, dished out 2,092 assists and scored 5,791 points over his career. In fact, he is the shortest player in NBA history to score at least 30 points in a game when he poured in 32 in a 117-109 Denver Nuggets’ win over Detroit on Nov. 11, 2004.

An undrafted free agent out of college, Boykins played for New Jersey Nets (1999), Cleveland Cavaliers (1999 and 2000) Orlando Magic (1999), Los Angeles Clippers (2000-02), Golden State Warriors (2002-03), Denver Nuggets (2003-06, 2007), Toronto Raptors (2006-07), Milwaukee Bucks (2007; 2010-11), Charlotte Bobcats (2007-08), Washington Wizards (2009-10) and Houston Rockets (2012).

In the middle of his NBA career, Boykins played one season (2008-09) in Italy and was the highest-paid player in the Italian League. Boykins lived up to the hype as he led Virtus Bologna to the 2009 EuroChallenge Cup Championship.

Boykins is arguably the best player to ever come out of Eastern Michigan University. His number (#11) was retired by EMU in 2011 and he is a member of the school’s E-Club Hall of Fame (Class of 2013).

As a senior with the Eagles, Boykins was named All-American honorable mention and he was recipient of the 1998 Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award, which is awarded to the nation’s best collegiate player under six feet tall. The previous season, Boykins led Team USA to the 1997 World University Games gold medal and was subsequently tabbed the USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year.

Boykins helped the Eagles win two MAC Tournament championships and they made four straight MAC Tournament championship game appearances. In both 1996 and 1998, EMU advanced to the NCAA Tournament. In 1996, the Eagles pulled off a monumental upset, defeating Duke (75-60), behind 23 points, five assists and four steals from Boykins.

He also earned All-MAC first team honors in 1997 and 1998, and, during his senior campaign, he was the second-leading scorer in the entire country at 26.8 points per game.

Boykins, who attended Cleveland Central Catholic HS, was named the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s high school Player of the Decade for the 1990’s among players from the newspaper’s area of Northeast Ohio.

Boykins is a 1998 graduate of Eastern Michigan with a degree in communications.

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Friday, 01 November 2019 18:14

Watch: Golf Ball Exercise

Prior to a practice this week, we used a golf ball for team motivation. Each player shared their stories about their dent in life. Each team member wrote about their "dent" in life on their own golf ball. We will use that to motivate us in a positive way during the season. 


Thursday, 31 October 2019 13:10

Watch: Superhero Series - Your Everyday Heroes

The team introduced their favorite superhero characters by revealing what they liked most about them. Bonding over superheroes was a great way for us share some things outside of basketball about oursleves. The timing was perfect for Halloween.



















Tuesday, 22 October 2019 13:43

Razorback Breakdown: Ball Movement

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 The Musselman Family 

 The Moser Family 

 The Crutchfield Family 

 The Williams Family

The Fagg Family 

 The Myers Family 

 The Ackerman Family 

 The Hall Family


 The Richardson Family 

 The O'Neal Family 

 The Reeves Family 

 The Graduate Assistant Family 

Tuesday, 08 October 2019 07:32

The Night The Lights Came On In Barnhill

Throwback Threads and Barnhill Legends

The stage was set and Barnhill Arena was ready to deliver another memorable afternoon. Not only was a full house entertained by getting their first look at the 2019-20 Razorbacks, fans witnessed the return of two Arkansas Basketball legends, Eddie Sutton and Nolan Richardson, for a final trailblazing moment in Barnhill Arena.

Saturday’s throwback game represented so much, not only for our fans, alums and former players, but for this new era of Razorback Basketball. With the eruption of The Calling of The Hogs just before tip you could feel the arena ready to explode. The thrill and exhilaration of the band just over the top of the tunnel made the place thunder. Team Eddie and Team Nolan dawned their red and white fitted throwbacks and then seconds later, big man Connor Vanover, stepped into his shot from deep and buried the first shot of the game. These type of moments are what being a Razorback is all about. The history. The tradition. The people. The atmosphere. 

Our fans, the community, and the support that surrounds this program are instrumental to all that we do both on and off the floor. To our joy, fans stayed until the end and lined up for over an hour to collect autographs at football’s indoor facility. We feel the excitement building for our special November 5th contest at Bud Walton Arena for the unveiling of Nolan Richardson Court. We will surely reminisce about this year’s Red-White game for years to come. 



#1 Isaiah Joe
#2 Adrio Bailey
#11 JD Notae
#13 Emeka Obukwelu
#23 Connor Vanover
#24 Ethan Henderson
#33 Jimmy Whitt Jr.




#0 Jeantal Cylla
#3 Desi Sills
#5 Jalen Harris
#12 Ty Stevens
#15 Mason Jones
#22 Abayomi Iyiola
#35 Reggie Chaney





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Razorback Academy and Training Camp

We are so intentional here about our process and the roles we execute on a daily basis as a staff. Razorback Academy and Training Camp mirrors our commitment to the development of our team. Each series relates to how we build toward the fundamentals of the core values of our “LEVEL 5” mentality both on and off the court. “We have divided up the offseason. We just finished up what we call our team development segment. We are starting first official practice today which we are calling our training camp which will really be up until we play the game in Barnhill, then we will start getting ready for the regular season.” Equally, this steady anticipation that is building within the walls of our Basketball Performance Center is notably embedded in the buy-in, energy, and enthusiasm of our squad and staff. What better way to approach training camp with the conclusion of Razorback Academy.

Razorback Academy Breakdown: Razorback Academy has allowed us to use different and unique teaching methods that grow our guys both on and off the court. Every moment set before us whether that be in the weight room, office, training room, team activity, pre-practice, post-practice, we are mindful of what Razorback Academy proves to demonstrate. Last week we took a moment to commemorate the completion of Razorback Academy with t-shirts.

Profile & Blueprint Example: Summer Session Position Curriculum, Goal Setting Curriculum, Core Value Curriculum, Philosophy: Offensive/Defensive, Eval Analysis, and Vision Strategy 

Training Camp Breakdown: You can say day 1 almost felt like day 10. “This training camp segment, when you really don’t play for an extended period of time, mentally you got to have some toughness to get through because there is a lot of stuff we have to accomplish between now and our first game." With the exception of hours, the guys seem to be well adjusted to the pace and rhythm of our blueprint in regards to practice. Training Camp specifically allows us to keep that competitive edge and intensity. More attention to detail is there as it manifests through the implementation of drills that reflect our style of play. 




Arkansas Razorback Family!

I’ve heard nothing but great things about this city, this university, and the loyal fan base. Coach Muss and his staff reached out to me and shared the vision for this new era of Arkansas Men’s Basketball. I just could not turn down the opportunity. With my new role as Director of Multimedia and Special Projects, I will have the chance to collaborate with an amazing team of individuals to enhance the Razorback brand. I can not wait to get started!


See you at the Palace! #WPS


The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2005 - 2010: Wood was a five-year player, including one redshirt season, at North Carolina, where she earned a bachelor's degree in communication studies in 2010. She saw significant time for the national power Tar Heels, playing in 93 games, including nine as a starter. She was on back-to-back Final Four teams (2006, 2007) and helped win three Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) championships (2006, 2007, 2008).

Professional Playing Experience: Following her collegiate playing career, Wood went on to play professionally for teams in Norway, Greece, Lebanon, Ukraine and Jordan. Having garnered valuable cultural experience she was also able to bring home some hardware. 

Norway - Center of the Year, Lebanon Women’s National Team - Pan Arab Games Gold Medalist, Ukraine - Ukranian League Champions  

The University of Kansas: During her two seasons at the University of Kansas as a graduate assistant, Wood earned a master's degree in communication studies. Her numerous duties entailed helping develop post players through practice and workouts, coordinator of the practice team, while also being involved with scouting and academic progress. The Jayhawks won 28 games over those two seasons, including 11 in the highly competitive Big 12, and totaled six All-Big 12 selections. Included in those honorees was Chelsea Gardner, a two-time All-America Honorable Mention and second-round draft pick of the WNBA's Indiana Fever.

Bucknell University: Wood was apart of Patriot League powerhouse Bucknell Bison. Wood helped guide the Bison to the NCAA Tournament in 2017 and to the WNIT in 2016. She also guided three student-athletes -- Claire DeBoer, Kaitlyn Slagus, and Sune Swart -- to a combined four All-Patriot League selections. DeBoer made the First Team in each of her final two seasons and capped her career with Patriot League MVP and Tournament MVP honors. Wood has also helped Bucknell post an impressive 52-14 record, including a 33-3 mark in the Patriot League, in her two years with the program. 

The University of Richmond: Wood spent two seasons as an assistant coach at The University of Richmond in the Atlantic 10 where she was mainly responsible for scouting, post play, and strategizing recruiting initiatives for social media. 

Experience: Wood has built up her basketball resume by directing and working camps for Rutgers, Penn State, North Carolina, The Transition (The Ultimate Basketball Experience) and numerous others. She has continued to grow her marketing experience by serving as Marketing Coordinator for A Step Up, Inc. She came into this role and has been able to be apart of helping other basketball assistants with their professional development. A Step Up, Inc. mission is to educate, equip, connect and inspire. 


Monday, 16 September 2019 16:24

A Letter From Earl Boykins

Razorback Nation!

I just want to take this moment to let you know how excited I am to be joining Arkansas Men's Basketball with Coach Musselman and his staff. I will be taking on a role that I am very passionate about as Director of Student-Athlete Development. It has always been my passion to work with young student-athletes as I have been doing for the past five years at Douglas County High school. Having had the opportunity to play for Coach Muss in the NBA with the Golden State Warriors and Orlando Magic, I can speak first hand on what it is like to not only play at the highest level but play for Coach Muss. 

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I look forward to being a part of something special here at the University of Arkansas! 

Go Hogs! #WPS

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