Eric Musselman

Eric Musselman

Friday, 26 July 2019 15:19

Pool Party!

At the end of our last practice of the summer we thought it would be great for our guys to get together away from basketball before they went home for a few weeks.

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We find it important as a program to take time out to have some fun. Our guys had 8 hard weeks of practice and workouts as well as 10 weeks of summer school. 

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We did end up incorporating basketball into our event with the #DunkAsOneRazorback video. Our guys had a blast doing this and they executed the play call perfectly. To watch the video CLICK HERE.

Our players now get some time at home with their families to recharge and get ready for the school year. 

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Tuesday, 23 July 2019 22:03

Once a Razorback always a Razorback

Throughout the summer we have had numerous former Razorbacks in the gym watching practice. 

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Our staff has loved spending time with past Razorbacks from several different eras and hearing their stories about what it meant to play for Arkansas.

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Not only has it been beneficial to our staff, but also to our players to hear the stories of the guys that have been through the roller coaster of an SEC season. 

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The pride that these guys exude for this program speaks volumes for what it means to be a Razorback.

 

 Here is a list of the guys who have visited this summer. We hope to see more Razorback greats soon!

  • Ron Brewer
  • Sidney Moncrief
  • Darrell Walker
  • Ronnie Brewer Jr.
  • Daryl Macon
  • Dusty Hannahs
  • Courtney Fortson
  • Dontell Jeferson
  • Alandise Harris
  • Jabril Durham
  • Anthlon Bell
  • Clyde Fletcher
  • Kikko Haydar

 

Thursday, 18 July 2019 14:36

NBA Summer League

The last two weeks have been absolutely surreal. Watching Cody Martin and Jordan Caroline play in the Las Vegas NBA Summer League has been one of the greatest feelings you could have as a coach. As much as these two accomplished in college, it has been extra special watching them compete at the next level. It is great to see how Jordan’s toughness and competitiveness has translated to the NBA. For Cody, seeing his competitiveness and defense translate to the next level has been fun to watch.  Caroline averaged 16 PPG and 3.5 RPG during the Las Vegas Summer League and Cody averaged 8.6 PPG and 3.6 RPG. Knowing how hard these two have worked over the past several years makes it extra special to see it paying off.   We are very excited to continue following these two in their professional playing careers. 

Tuesday, 16 July 2019 23:11

Orange Theory

Hogs Take to HIIT Workout

 

With crossfit last week and high intensity interval training this week our players are getting the message that passion and energy are a huge component of how our team will not only work out but also play.  

 

HIIT Workouts take interval training concepts and apply them to total body exercises.  This increases the heart rate for our players quickly and then amplifies the effect of their strength workout.  

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This week we also had a special guest, Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Hunter Yurachek. He was pushing through to stay stride for stride with them throughout the workout.  It was great for our players to see how supported they are by our AD.

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Another awesome workout that capped another week of progress for the Razorbacks!

 

Catch up on the summer!

 

 

 

 

Boxing: CLICK HERE

    

 

 

 

 

 

Hot Yoga: CLICK HERE

      

 

 

 

 

Crossfit: CLICK HERE

    

  

 

 

 

 

Laser Tag: CLICK HERE

 

   

 

 

Next up: Spin Class

Tuesday, 02 July 2019 19:26

CrossFit

Our Friday workout this week involved a change of pace as our players were put through a grueling crossfit workout. Crossfit focuses on “high intensity” exercises that push athletes to maximize their potential. Additionally, by constantly mixing up different exercises our players were pushed out of their comfort zones.  

Many people have probably heard the claim, “what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger” and there actually is compelling scientific research to back up this idea within a team context.  The authors of one study called shared discomfort a “social glue” and highlighted the idea that going through a challenging task as a group helps bonds the group together.

Not only does crossfit provide an opportunity for an exhausting workout, but by sharing in that exhaustion, our players embody togetherness.  All summer the emphasis has been to not only continue to get better physically, but also to gel from a chemistry standpoint. This latest Friday workout accomplished both. 

Check out some of the pictures from the workout!Jimmy crossfit

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Thursday, 27 June 2019 14:51

Jimmy Whitt

Jimmy Whitt Jr., who began his career at Arkansas before transferring to SMU, returns to the Razorbacks for the 2019-20 season as a graduate transfer.

For his three-year collegiate career, Whitt has played in 95 games, starting 73, while scoring 910 points (9.6 avg.) with 417 rebounds (4.4 avg.), 268 assists (2.8 avg.) and 123 steals (1.3 avg.).

2018-19 (Jr. at SMU): Started all 30 games he played, missing two due to a shoulder injury … Averaged 12.3 points (25th AAC) … Led team in rebounds (6.4 avg., 8th AAC),; offensive rebounds (2.1 avg., 12th AAC), assists (4.0 avg., 9th AAC), assist/to ratio (2.7 avg., 2nd AAC & 25thNCAA); and steals (1.4 avg., 10th AAC)… Only player in AAC rankings for points (30 ranked), rebounds (20 ranked), assists (15 ranked) and steals (15 ranked) … Was one of 26 in the nation with at least one triple-double and had five double-doubles … Scored double-digits 20 times with seven games with 8-plus rebounds, 11 games with 5-plus assists and 7 games with 3-plus steals … Made the AAC Weekly Honor Roll four times (Dec. 3, Dec. 24, Jan. 7 and Jan. 14) … Triple-double included 12 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high 10 assists, with three steals, in the win vs McNeese State (first triple-double at SMU since 1999 and fifth time in program history) … Recorded career highs of 24 points and 12 FG made against #23 Cincinnati in the AAC Quarterfinal … Had 23 points against UCF (2/10) … Notched 20 points with six assists and six rebounds against #17 Houston (1/16) … Recorded fifth double-double of the season and third in a row with 10 points and 10 rebounds in win over Tulsa (1/12) … Scored 20 points and pulled down 10 rebounds at UConn (1/10) … Recorded a then career-high 22 points (all in the first half) with six rebounds, four assists and three steals in the win versus Cornell ……Had 18 points on 9-10 FGs, including the game-winner with 4.2 seconds left, in the 77-76 win versus Wright State … Pumped in 20 points (8-13 FG) with six rebounds, five assists and a steal versus Lipscomb.

2017-18 (RSo. at SMU): Started all 33 games … Averaged 10.5 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists (8th AAC) and 1.8 steals (3rd AAC) … His 2.1 assist/turnover ratio ranked third in the AAC … Named to the AAC Weekly Honor Roll twice (Dec. 18 and Jan. 29) … Scored 10+ points in 16 games … Had 16 points with six assists and five rebounds versus #12 Wichita State … Grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds with nine points, three assists, two blocks and two steals at Tulsa (2/1) …Totaled 18 points (9-14 FG) and a career-high five steals (including 4 straight possessions) in the win vs Tulane (1/20) … Had 16 points (8-9 FG), four rebounds, three steals and two assists in win versus Boise State … Posted career highs of 19 points and eight assists with six rebounds and three steals versus New Orleans …Added 14 points, four rebounds and three steals in the win vs #14 Southern California … Had eight points, six rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block in 36 minutes in the win versus #2 Arizona.

2016-17 (So. at SMU): Sat out due to NCAA transfer rules.

2015-16 (Fr. at Arkansas): Played in all 32 games, starting 10 … Averaged 6.1 points, 1.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 0.6 steals …  Converted 79.2 percent of his free-throws … Scored a season-high 15 points in 20 minutes against Missouri, going 7-for-11 with three rebounds and one steal … Pulled down a season-best five rebounds against Charleston Southern … Finished with nine double-digit scoring performances, including five in his first six collegiate games.

High School: A three-time All-State selection … Rated as a No. 55 overall prospect and 4-star recruit by Rivals.com … Ranked No. 1 in the state of Missouri by 247Sports.com and ESPN.com … Nominated to play in the 2015 McDonald’s All-American game … Scored 825 points during his senior year, averaging 30.6 per game …  … Ended his high school career with a school-record 2,411 points and 399 steals … As a junior, participated in the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team mini-camp … Attended the NBPA Top 100 Camp.

Thursday, 27 June 2019 14:29

Connor Vanover

Connor Vanover, a Little Rock native who played one season at Cal, transferred to Arkansas for the 2019-20 season

2018-19 (Fr. at Cal): Averaged 7.5 points and 3.0 rebounds during his freshman campaign … Played 28 games and started 15 … Came on strong to end the season as he averaged 12.8 points and 5.0 rebounds over his final 10 games … Included in the 10-game span was a career-high 24 points versus Stanford and eight boards against Southern California … Led the team with 35 blocked shots and shot 35.5 percent from 3-point range (27-of-76).

HIGH SCHOOL/PREP: Began his high school career at Arkansas Baptist Prep before transferring to Findley (Nev.) Prep for his senior season … At Findley, he was a teammate of current Razorback Reggie Chaney and averaged 8.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists in 1.3 steals. He helped the Pilots to a 32-5 record and a No. 26 national ranking … At Arkansas Baptist Prep, Vanover led the Eagles to a three-year record of 82-21 with three league crowns and back-to-back Arkansas Activities Association (AAA) Class 4A state titles (2016 and 2017) … Tallied more than 1,000 points, 700 rebounds and 300 blocks while being a two-time USA Today All-Arkansas selection (2016 and 2017), the 2016 Arkansas Class 4A State Tournament MVP and a three-time Arkansas 4A All-State pick (2015, 2016 and 2017) … Vanover was a member of Team USA’s U16 and U17 squads and captured a gold medal at the 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Argentina after averaging 3.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in four games.

PERSONAL: Vanover has two older brothers, twins Brandon and Justin. Brandon, is 7-0, rising junior and plays basketball at Central Arkansas while Justin is a 7-1 and plays saxophone with the Alabama Crimson Tide marching band.  His mother, the former Robyn Irwin, was a member of the University of Arkansas women’s basketball squad from 1986-89 and led the Razorbacks in blocked shots three times.

Thursday, 27 June 2019 14:27

JD Notae

(pronounced No-Tay) played in 60 games in two seasons at Jacksonville, totaling 929 points (15.5 avg.), 328 rebounds (5.5 avg.), 163 assists (2.7 avg.) and 101 steals (1.7 avg.).

2018-19 (So.): Voted second team All-ASUN after averaging 15.5 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists; all team highs … Scoring average ranked fifth in the ASUN while ranking fourth in assists, fourth in steals (1.6) and 10th in rebounding … Posted 24 games in double figures, including nine 20-point games, with nine games of five assists or more and three games with at least 10 rebounds … Had three double-doubles, including a triple double at Kennesaw State (15 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists … First double-double was the game prior to triple double, posting 12 points with 13 rebounds versus Lipscomb … Other double-double came versus Stetson as he scored 16 points and grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds … Scored a career-high 40 points, adding eight rebounds and five assists, versus Florida Memorial … Made 16-of-22 shots from the field and 5-of-6 from 3-point range … Had 29 points and five assists in the regular-season finale versus Florida Gulf Coast … Versus Indiana, posted 15 point and rebounds.

2017-18 (Fr.): Named ASUN Freshman of the Year after averaging 15.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.8 steals while shooting 41 percent from 3-point range … Started all 28 games he appeared in until injuring his foot and missing the final five games of the year … Scored 432 points, the second-most by a Dolphin freshman in a season … Scored a then career-high 30 points vs. Middle Georgia State … Scored 20 or more points seven times, four times in ASUN play … Knocked down a season-best five three-pointers twice (at UAB, at Michigan) … Hit two free throws with one second left to lead the Dolphins to a win at Stetson … Led ASUN freshman in scoring (15.4 ppg), minutes (31.4 mpg) and steals (49) … Was the ASUN Player of the Week once and Newcomer of the Week twice.

HIGH SCHOOL: Was a four-year starter at Newton High School … Averaged 22 points, 5 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game … Led his team to the 2016-17 7A Elite 8 with a 26-2 record … 2016 GACA All-State member, Region Tourney Player of the Year and All-Region 2 AAAAAA team … In AAU ball, was named the Atlanta Lightning MVP in 2014, 2016, and 2017.

Wednesday, 26 June 2019 19:43

Jeantal Cylla

(Pronounced GENE-tall SILL-uh) comes to Fayetteville as a graduate transfer from UNC Wilmington.

Cylla played one season with the Seahawks after beginning his career at Florida Atlantic. In addition to his collegiate experience, Cylla played on the Haitian National Team in the summer of 2018.

In his three-year collegiate career, Cylla has averaged 10.25 points (984 total) and 3.78 rebounds (363 total), making 40.3 percent of his field goals (336-833), 31.2 percent of his 3-pointers (100-321) and 78.5 percent of his free throws (212-270) with 47 assists, 48 steals and 42 blocked shots.

2018-19 (R-Jr. at UNCW): Ranked 61st in the NCAA and fourth in the Colonial Athletic Association in free throw percentage at 84.8 percent (106-of-125) … Played in all 33 games, starting 32 … Averaged 13.7 points and 4.6 rebounds while making 31.1 percent (33-of-106) of his 3-point shots … Scored a season-high 24 points at Elon and at James Madison … Overall, led the team in scoring 11 times including 24 at James Madison, 24 at Elon, 23 versus Elon, 22 versus Gardner-Webb, 20 versus East Carolina, 19 versus Northeastern, 16 at #14 North Carolina, 16 at Delaware, 16 at Hofstra and 14 versus Stanford … Reached double figures in 22 of his 33 games … Recorded third career double-double with 19 points and tying his career-high with 10 rebounds at Mercer … Was the Preseason CAA Newcomer-of-the-Year pick by Blue Ribbon Yearbook.

2017-18 (Junior at UNCW): Sat out at UNC Wilmington due to NCAA transfer regulations.

2016-17 (So. At FAU): Started all 26 games in his second year with Owls … Averaged 7.1 points and 3.4 rebounds … Had a double-double, scoring 10 points and pulling down a career-high 10 rebounds versus Webber … Scored in double figures 11 times, including a season-high points 16 versus Florida Gif Coast and Florida International.

2015-16 (Fr. At FAU): Appeared in all 33 games for Owls and made 24 starts … Averaged 9.7 points and 3.5 rebounds in rookie year … Closed out his first season by scoring in double digits in three of last four outings … Led team in Conference USA games with 12.5 ppg … Scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds versus Wagner … Registered back-to-back, 20-plus scoring games with career-high 25 points at UTEP and 22 points at UTSA … Posted first career double-double with 24 points and 12 rebounds in a win over UTSA.

HIGH SCHOOL: Three-time All-State and All-Conference selection … Scored 2,678 points at Lake Worth (Fla.) High School (Sr.) and Lake Worth Christian School (Fr.-So.-Jr.) … Averaged 27.0 points and 11.0 rebounds during his senior campaign for Trojans … Ranked 38th nationally at small forward position in Class of 2015.

Wednesday, 26 June 2019 19:29

Level 5

Our message last week to our players came from the Chicago Cubs via our new trainer Mark O'Neal. Joe Maddon preaches Level 5 buy in to his team every year. He claims that if he can get all of his players to Level 3 then they can make moves, Level 4 and they are in the hunt for something big, and then when his team gets to Level 5 they are dangerous. 

We challenged our guys to evaluate themselves and decide which level they are at right now. What would it take to go up a level? What would it take to get to a Level 5 team? 

The Level 5 shirt now hangs in our locker room for our guys to look at everyday. 

CLICK HERE to listen to Marks message to the team..

 

CLICK HERE to read about Joe Maddon and his belief in his team to the Fifth Level

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