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Saturday Spotlight: Arkansas

In this new weekly feature, we will be taking a look at various recruiting classes in the class of 2011 and analyze each player and the impact the prospects will have on their collegiate team. In this edition of Saturday Spotlight,” we break down the Arkansas recruiting class which is highlighted by point guard B.J. Young (#18) and shooting guard Ky Madden (#32), giving the Razorbacks the number eleven class in the country.

Introduction

After a disappointing finish to the 2010-2011 season for the Razorbacks, Arkansas is bringing in a couple of great scorers to help their offense that ranked 122 in points per game behind the likes of Loyola Marymount and Louisiana-Lafayette. Arkansas also has some good balance as they bring in two guards, a wing and two big men and new head coach Mike Anderson did a good job retaining the prospects that his predecessor recruited.

Prospects

Rank

Pos. Rank

Quick Analysis

B.J. Young

#18

PG (#6)

Young is a great scorer who gets to the basket at will and always attacks the defense. He is great off the dribble and can get by nearly any defender since he is quick and explosive. He is also very athletic and has a good mid-range game which makes him an elite player since he can score even if he can’t get to the bucket.

Ky Madden

#32

SG (#10)

Madden is a big-time combo guard with a lot of potential who loves to get to the basket. He has great size and athleticism for a shooting guard and creates his own shot like few others can in this class. He is also a good passer and has the ability to distribute if he finds an open man when he beats his defender with his quick first step.

Hunter Mickelson

NR

PF (NR)

Mickelson reminds me of Blue Devil Ryan Kelly since he is a big man with good length, a nice shooting stroke and a skinny frame. The two are also comparable since Mickelson will be living in the weight room at Arkansas to put on some weight.

Aaron Ross

NR

SF (NR)

Ross is a versatile big man who can shoot, drive to the basket and score in the post. He has a handful of other skills as well including being able to handle the ball, pass to cutting teammates and create space to get his shot off.

Devonta Abron

NR

PF (NR)

Abron is a smaller power forward although he has long arms and good interior scoring moves. He also has a variety of moves to use while in the post and is an effort guy who likes to crash the boards.

Evaluation

The Razorbacks have two greats guards coming in between point guard B.J. Young (#18) and Ky Madden (#32) and another player close to making the top 50 in power forward Hunter Mickelson.  Young and Madden are two prolific scorers who should help out an Arkansas team who averages just 70.5 points per game (122 in the NCAA) and in the coming years give the Razorbacks the chance to compete in a week SEC west division. Arkansas also has small forward Aaron Ross and power forward Devonte Abron coming in who should be good role players in their years with the Hogs.

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