Mike Anderson's big day: three Arkansas athletes sign with Hogs
ETHAN HENDERSON, PARKVIEW
Arkansas men’s basketball head coach Mike Anderson announced on the first day of the early signing period that 6-9 power forward Ethan Henderson from Little Rock, Arkansas, has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Razorbacks for the 2018-19 season.
Henderson is ranked as the No. 1 player in the state of Arkansas by ESPN, marking the second consecutive year the Razorbacks have landed the top player in the state. He is a consensus four-star player by 247Sports.com, Scout.com, ESPN and Future150.com and is ranked as high as No. 82 in the class by Future150.com.
Playing at Parkview High School in Little Rock under head coach Al Flanigan, Henderson helped lead his team to the 5A state championship last year alongside current Razorback Khalil Garland.
During the Adidas Summer Championships in Las Vegas, Henderson averaged 14 points, 6.5 rebounds and shot 67.4 percent from the floor for the Arkansas Hawks.
“Ethan is someone that committed us early and he really wanted to be a Razorback,” Anderson said. “We’ve seen him grow tremendously over the last several years. He rebounds the ball above the rim, has great shot-blocking ability, plays with great energy and has a good touch around the basket. His skill level will continue to get better and better. We always want to keep the best talent in our state and Ethan is one of the better players in the entire country. He comes from a great family and we look forward to him joining our program," Anderson said.
ISAIAH JOE, FORT SMITH NORTHSIDE
6-4 guard Isaiah Joe of Fort Smith Northside High School has signed a National Letter of Intent, becoming the third addition to the 2018-19 class.
Joe is rated as a four-star player by Rivals.com and ranked as high as the No. 1 player in the state of Arkansas, according to 247Sports.com. He is also ranked the 93rd-best player in the country, including the 20th-best shooting guard with a grade of 91 by 247Sports.com.
Joe helped lead Northside to a state title during his junior year, averaging 18.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game. He was named to the 2017 All-State and All-Tournament teams.
The sharp-shooter shot over 51-percent from the behind the arc for the Arkansas Hawks, averaging 16 points per game. In Las Vegas at the Adidas Summer Championships, Joe shot 57.1 percent from deep, averaging 13.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists.
“Isaiah has a tremendous basketball IQ,” said Anderson. “When it’s all said and done, he will have a chance to be a special player for us. He can really handle the basketball, has unlimited range shooting the ball, good vision and is sneaky athletic. He makes an impact on both ends of the floor and comes from a winning culture that captured the State Championship last season. We look forward to having Isaiah join our program and we are excited to add another Arkansas native to the #Fastest40 family," Anderson said.
DESI SILLS, JONESBORO
6-2 guard Desi Sills signed a National Letter of Intent for the 2018-19 season on Wednesday afternoon.
Sills is rated as a three-star player by Rivals.com, 247Sports.com and Future150.com, while being ranked as high as the No. 2 player in the state of Arkansas by Future150com. 247Sports.com ranks Sills as the 49th-best point guard in the 2018 class with a Scout grade of 85.
In his junior season at Jonesboro High School, Sills averaged 15.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, two assists and two steals per game, leading the Hurricane to a 2017 6A Arkansas State Championship. Jonesboro defeated the El Dorado Wildcats and Sills’ future Razorback teammate Daniel Gafford in the state championship game. Sills was named to the 2017 All-State team, after leading the Golden Hurricane to a perfect 32-0 record.
“Desi is a tough, competitive combo guard that has worked his way into being one of the best players not only in our state, but the entire nation,” said Anderson. “He can really defend, is a good passer and gets after it on the boards for his size. He’s a gym rat and plays with an edge. He brings a winning culture with him after leading his team to a perfect 32-0 record and a state championship last season. His competitive demeanor is contagious and we couldn’t be happier to have this young man join our family," Anderson said.
KEYSHAWN EMBERY, IMG ACADEMY (FLORIDA)
IMG Academy’s Keyshawn Embery has signed his National Letter of Intent to join the Razorbacks for the 2018-19 season.
Embery is a 6-3 guard originally from Oklahoma City, who transferred to IMG Academy in Florida for his senior season. During his junior year at Midwest City High School, Embery averaged 26.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.6 steals, helping Midwest go 23-4.
Embery is rated as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, 247Sports.com and Future150.com. At Midwest City High School, Embery was ranked as the No. 1 player in the state of Oklahoma by 247Sports.com and Future150.com, and is ranked as high as the 70th-best player in the country by Future150.com. 247Sports.com tabs Embery as the No. 38 point guard in the class of 2018.
He joins Jonesboro, Arkansas, native Desi Sills as the first two signees of the 2018 class.
“Keyshawn is one of the best players in Oklahoma and in the country and he certainly has a bright future here in Razorback land,” said Anderson. “He is a very instinctive player that can really score the basketball, pass and defend. His athletic ability and basketball IQ sets him apart. He is going up against some of the better teams in the country playing at IMG Academy and he comes to Arkansas as a proven winner. We look forward to having Keyshawn join the #Fastest40 family next year," Arkansas said.
JORDAN PHILLIPS, CEDAR HILL, TEXAS
6-7 guard Jordan Phillips signed his National Letter of Intent and will join the Razorbacks for the 2018-19 season.
Phillips is rated a three-star player by Rivals.com, 247Sports.com and Future150.com. During his junior year, he played at Cedar Hill High School in Cedar Hill, Texas, where he averaged 21 points and six rebounds per game. Phillips led the Longhorns to a 29-5 overall record last season, finishing 12th in the state of Texas.
Phillips will play for the Grace Preparatory Academy in Arlington, Texas, during his senior year. He is ranked as high as the 37th-best shooting guard in the country by 247Sports.com and as high as the 132nd overall player in the country by Rivals.com. Phillips has a Scout grade of 90.
During the spring and summer, Phillips played for Dallas Showtyme Elite, averaging 23 points, six rebounds, seven assists and three steals
“I love Jordan’s versatility,” said Anderson. “He is long, athletic, has a college body and can guard multiple positions on the floor. He is a gifted scorer that can really rebound and pass well. He will be great in our up-tempo style of basketball and our fans will really enjoy watching him play and develop. Jordan comes from a great family and we look forward to having him in a Razorback jersey next year," Anderson said.
REGGIE CHANEY, FINDLEY PREP, HENDERSON, NEVADA
6-8 forward Reggie Chaney, originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Razorbacks for the 2018-19 season.
During his junior campaign at Findley Prep in Las Vegas, the versatile forward averaged 11.2 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.6 blocks per game as he helped lead Findley Prep to a 33-4 mark on the season.
Chaney is ranked the 89th player in the nation and the No. 1 ranked player in the state of Texas by 247Sports.com. He has a four-star rating by ESPN and is ranked as high as the No. 24 power forward in the class by 247Sports.com.
He played his summer ball for RM5 Elite on the Nike EYBL circuit and averaged 11.4 points and 7.3 rebounds, shooting 63 percent from the field. During Peach Jam, he put up 11.4 points per game and added 8.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists per contest.
What Coach Anderson is Saying
“Reggie has really developed his game during the last two years,” said Anderson. “He has established himself as one of the better forwards in the country and is a great fit for our style of basketball. He is a tremendous rebounder, plays with toughness and has the ability to score inside and out. He is long and active on the defensive end and a high-riser that Arkansas fans will love watching compete. Reggie has a good understanding of the game and we are excited to welcome him and his family to Razorback basketball.”