Eric Musselman

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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.



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Tuesday, 22 October 2019 13:43

Razorback Breakdown: Ball Movement

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The Razorback Symphony

 

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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 


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 The Richardson Family 


 The O'Neal Family 


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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. 

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

 

 

 

WHITE (TEAM NOLAN)
#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. 

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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

Wednesday, 11 September 2019 20:02

Throwback game in Barnhill Arena

Hog fans asked for this event and we are happy to announce that Razorback basketball is returning to Barnhill Arena for one night only!

 

October 5th Arkansas will play a throwback game in the historic Barnhill Arena. This event will be taking the place of our traditional Red/White scrimmage. 

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The teams for the night will be named in honor of two great coaches who had Barnhill at peak excitement. Team Eddie vs. Team Nolan

 

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3:59 am. Eyes open. Alarm is scheduled to go off at 4 O’clock. I slowly roll out of bed turn the alarm off and hop in the shower. The start of one of the longest but most informative weekends I have had the privilege of having.

4:45 am. Arrive at Isaiah Joe’s apartment. Isaiah walks from his apartment to my car slowly. The sleepiness displayed by bags underneath his eyes.

4:50 am. Off to XNA 35 minutes away for our flight at 6:15 am headed to Indianapolis by way of Chicago for the Elite Student-Athlete Symposium hosted by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

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Isaiah arriving at Indianapolis International Airport

4:00 pm: Symposium begins. We do not know what to expect but both Isaiah and I are excited to learn and be a part of such elite company. A few of the players that surrounded us were on the national stage last season (Cassius Winston from Michigan State and Markus Howard from Marquette just to name a few).

The NCAA headquarters was only a hop skip and a jump away from our hotel so we were able to walk over shortly.

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Isaiah on Day one in the NCAA National Office

Day one presentations started out with a bang learning about decision making and how there are different types of decisions to make. We learned about trained vs untrained decisions. The takeaway from Luke Fedlam of Anomaly Sports group was to make REAP decisions. Reap stands for Recognize decision, Evaluate Information, Analyze options and Produce Decision.

Our second speaker of the day was Jeremy McCool from the NCAA Enforcement office. McCool has a unique backstory having been on the losing side of all the Harlem Globetrotters wins for a long time. McCool spoke to us about what does the ball mean to us. The ball took him to 21 different countries, what can it do for you.

So I asked Isaiah, what does the ball mean to you?

Isaiah: “I was born into basketball. I love the game. Not many really come out from where I come from in Fort Smith, Arkansas.”

Some of the other speakers of the night included Garth Glissman, Associate Vice President of Basketball Operations for the NBA. Garth was great and really broke down the statistics of how hard it is to make it in the NBA. A lot of interesting facts that Isaiah and I were glad we got the chance to hear.

With a little dinner break in the action, Isaiah and I decided to explore a little bit around the NCAA national office, and wouldn’t you know it we came across something special to the state of Arkansas!

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Isaiah with the 2019 Women’s Track and Field National Championship Banner

Isaiah: “It was cool to see all those national champions from all those levels and get to see the Razorback up on the wall with them. We found it quickly too, that logo is hard to miss!”

After our dinner break we headed to the last speaker of the night, Carrie Cecil on the X’s and O’s of social media.

Carrie jolted us all out of our dinner haze and brought the importance of building yourself and your brand the right way. She said over and over again that if it is out there they will find it. She also gave us some pointers on how to build yourself and use your schools brand to help build your own brand.

One of the most powerful things of the weekend was a video she showed and Isaiah and I thought it would be important that we shared the message with you as well. It was a video about a coach who lost his daughter. He had his location services turned on and it notified the cyber stalker that he and his wife away from their house while their daughter was home alone… That hit Isaiah and myself hard and how important it is to be careful with any technology these days.

But after a long day a traveling and speeches we were done for the day and headed back to the hotel ready for an early morning on day two.

While the administrators (myself and the other non players) were not required to arrive to the national office on Saturday until 11 AM, the players had to be there three hours later to conduct some mock interviews with NBA executives.

When we arrived, the interviews were complete and we did a short debrief. Isaiah said the interviews were helpful for him and hopefully when the time comes he can fall back on those mock interviews for guidance.

The most interactive part of the day came when the players participated in some financial awareness activities. Arguably one of the most important aspects of the entire symposium. They learned the importance of creating financial goals, how to hire a financial advisor and how quickly your money can disappear if not treated properly.

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Getting the guys out of their comfort zone was a great way to demonstrate all the different areas of how to handle finances.

The next speakers we were able to listen two were three former NBA players and one of them even played for Coach Musselman when Coach Musselman was in the NBA, Cherokee Parks. The basketball world is a small world for us to end up here speaking to one of Coach’s former players.

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Finally, to end the night we got a chance to listen to Greg Anthony. He talked about the importance of relationships and how far they can take you in life. Again, hitting on the theme of not basketball itself, but what can basketball do for you later in life when the ball stops bouncing.

Another long day in the books, but not a wasted day. A lot was learned. With brains fried we set back off to the hotel to watch a little college football and prepare for the final day of the seminar.

Sunday morning, we got the privilege of listening to Kevin Eastman. Coach Eastman has been on some amazing staffs, had some amazing experiences and been around some even more amazing experiences.

Coach Eastman talked about what the best do different from the rest. Isaiah said that some of the things he talked about that Ray Allen did were really cool, especially with Ray being a shooter like Isaiah.

We also got to hear from the NBA Players Association Deputy General Counsel David Foster. It was interesting to get a different perspective of how the players association works for the players. We were also able to gain a little deeper knowledge on agents and their role in players lives.

Brad Walker and Ty Ellis spoke to us about some of the things that are going on in the G-League right now; different trends and where the league is going.

As our last speaker of the day was getting ready to get introduced, Isaiah and I were starting to fade. It had been a long 3 days from a 4 am wake up call to long presentations, but as soon as this man walk to the front he had everyone awake and listening intently.

Clark Kellogg is known well in college basketball circles and he is a great TV personality. He hit us with our final talk of the weekend. Clark brought home the theme of the week with a great saying that I hope everyone who was there will take home with them. Your name will last longer than your game…..

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Clark Kellogg and Isaiah Joe

4:00 pm Isaiah and I board the flight in Indianapolis headed home after a long weekend full of unique experiences and we are flying home with a whole new wealth of knowledge. We cannot thank the NCAA enough for inviting Isaiah to this prestigious event and I cannot thank Isaiah enough for allowing me to go with him and learn along side him.

10:00 pm Finally open my front door, ready to fall asleep and prepare for the week ahead.

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