The University of Arkansas men’s b-ball program held its first official practice for the 2019-20 season Tuesday evening at the Edie Sutton Men’s Basketball Practice Gym.
First-year lead trainer Eric Musselman regarded today “the beginning of preparing camp.” His group has had the option to work out since his appearance in April, however a larger part of that time was spent on group improvement. Today, the program turned its attention on the 2019-20 season.
“We have been satisfied with the up front investment, exertion, vitality and energy that our folks have appeared,” Musselman said. “Presently it turns into a pound – this preparation camp fragment. When you don’t have a game, you have to have mental durability to overcome rehearses so as to achieve what we need among now and our first game.”
The fans will get their first look t the 2019-20 group on Oct. 5 (Saturday) at the yearly Red-White game. The scrimmage is set for 3 pm and will be played in Barnhill Arena.
Here are a few notes about the 2019-20 group and forthcoming season:
This is year 97 of Razorback ball and Arkansas will play three groups – Rice, TCU and Texas A&M – that showed up in the group’s calendar during its first year of b-ball – 1923-24.
The NCAA broadened the men’s 3-point bend about two feet to 22-feet, 1.75-inches (beforehand 20-feet, 9-inches). Arkansas played from the all-inclusive 3-point circular segment during its two NIT games this past season. The Hogs made 18 in the two games and was an amazing 10-of-21 (.476) in the Providence win.
Arkansas has the fourth-longest dash of making in any event one 3-pointer at 1,011 games, one game in front of 2019-20 rival Western Kentucky. The best three groups on the rundown at UNLY (1,070), Vanderbilt (1,063) and Duke (1.059).
Arkansas returns four starters (Isaiah Joe, Jalen Harris, Mason Jones and Adrio Bailey), two stores (Desi Sills and Reggie Chaney) that arrived at the midpoint of more than 16 minutes for each game and an aggregate of eight lettermen.
In spite of losing its top scorer and rebounder – current Chicago Bull Daniel Gafford – Arkansas still returns 68.8 percent of its scoring and 62.6 percent of its bouncing back. Arkansas returns 88 percent of its 3-pointers made, 83.2 percent of its helps, 68.9 percent of its free tosses made and 63.8 percent of its takes. Additionally, even with Gafford gone to the NBA, Arkansas still returns over portion of its blocked shots.
Graduate exchanges Jeantal Cylla and Jimmy Whitt Jr., bring almost 1,900 vocation focuses to the group. Cylla has scored 984 in his three-year profession and Whitt, who started his vocation at Arkansas before moving to SMU and back to Arkansas, has scored 910 in his profession. By examination, Cylla and Whitt have joined for 1,894 in their vocation. The main six returning players from last season (Joe, Jones, Harris, Bailey, Chaney and Sills) have consolidated to score 1,922.
Arkansas is the main group in the SEC to have two of the best five returning scorers from a year ago. Joe (13.85 ppg) is the third-best returning scorer in the alliance and Jones (13.62 ppg) is fourth.
Isaiah Joe made 113 3-pointers last season to establish the school precedent, tie the SEC first year recruit record and rank fourth on the NCAA rundown of 3’s made by a rookie. Joe also turned into the main first year recruit to lead the SEC in 3-point shooting rate (.413). Incredibly, Joe just needs to make 40 progressively 3-pointers (or around 12 games this season) to enter the Arkansas record-breaking top 10.