Sully Says: Homegrown Hogs
It was long after the Hogs had dunked their way past an out-manned Troy team.
Two homegrown Hogs, Daryl Macon and Daniel Gafford, were just off the Verizon court, visiting with family and friends. They were soaking up the final moments of one of the perks of staying at home to play your college ball, playing in North Little Rock.
Saturday night didn't feel like Arkansas-Troy in mid-December. The crowd was electric from start to finish, and there were ovations for the starters when they left the floor for the final time.
Daryl Macon (Little Rock) and Anton Beard (North Little Rock) couldn't have been more proud of their hometown fans. Both had "wow" moments in what was a high-flying, crowd-pleasing win.
My first thought as I was leaving the arena: there's no better advertisement than this to stay home and play your college ball for Mike Anderson.
Bobby Portis started the "home state" movement.
The former Hall High star had three things that Coach A says guarantees success on the next level. Bobby had the size, the ability to run the floor, and the burning desire to be great.
Bobby left Arkansas as the SEC player of the year.
He handed the baton to Dusty Hannahs (Pulaski Academy) and Moses Kingsley (Arkansas Wings). Now Daryl Macon is heading up a home state group that also includes Anton Beard, Trey Thompson (Forrest City), Daniel Gafford (El Dorado) and Darious Hall (Mills).
Coach Anderson is quick to point out that Gafford's profile reminds him of Bobby. Daniel's goal is to be a great Razorback.
Soon, Khalil Garland (Parkview), Ethan Henderson (Parkview), Desi Sills (Jonesboro), Isaiah Joe (Northside) and Justice Hill (LR Christian) will be on the court for the Hogs.
With the success of the homegrown Hogs and the young talent in the state, this looks like a trend that will continue.
It's a recipe that's working for the Razorbacks.