Sully Says: I like Mike
You are looking at my new T-shirt. I like Mike.
Pat Bradley would call me a prisoner of the moment. After all, the Hogs are coming off a week where they recorded two impressive wins.
I based my T-shirt purchase on just two things: where the program is now, and where it's headed in the next few years.
The Hogs are 20-7 overall and 9-5 in SEC play. I'll take that, but I'm more excited about the future.
Coach A already has three players signed for next season. Four more are committed for the 2018 class and they have one commitment, point guard Justice Hill, for the class of 2019. All eight have Arkansas connections.
All eight players are built to play Anderson's "Fastest 40" style of play.
Seven of the eight are Arkansas high school stars and the other future Hog, Reggie Perry, plays his AAU ball for the Arkansas Hawks. By the 2020 season, Mike Anderson could have a roster full of homegrown Hogs.
This is a football state, but right now we are producing many more top notch college basketball prospects. High school basketball in the Little Rock metro area has never been better.
The core of this 2016-2017 team is made up of Arkansas guys. Dusty played at Pulaski Academy, Daryl was a Parkview Patriot, Manny played his high school hoops at Fayetteville, Trey is from Forrest City, Anton played at Parkview and North Little Rock and Moses played his AAU ball for Ron Crawford's Arkansas Wings.
At this time, I think the best road to Razorback basketball success is to travel the roads of Arkansas from El Dorado (Daniel Gafford) to Jonesboro (Desi Sills) to Little Rock (Khalil Garland, Darius Hall, Ethan Henderson and Justice Hill) to Fort Smith (Isaiah Joe).
For the moment, I feel good about my T-shirt purchase.