Arkansas Basketball: Dusty Hannahs chooses Arkansas

Former Texas Tech guard Dusty Hannahs announced via Twitter Wednesday night that he will be transferring to Arkansas.

The Little Rock native averaged 7.7 points per game this season for the Red Raiders, in 22 minutes of playing time on 37.8 percent shooting from the field and 36.9 percent shooting from long range. He was 92.3 percent on the season from the free throw line.

Hannahs recorded a career-high 25 points against West Virginia in January.  He went 8-9 from the field, including 7-7 from three-point range. He scored in double digits 11 times during the 2013-14 season.

The 6-foot-4 guard attended Pulaski Academy in Little Rock where the Downtown Tip Off Club named him the 2011-12 Arvest Arkansas High School Player of the Year. He was a two time all-state honoree, 2012 4A-7 District MVP, a three-time 4A-7 All-District selection. He helped lead Pulaski Academy to the 4A State Championship game where he scored 43 points. He averaged 20 points per game as senior and scored 40 points three times in his senior season. He averaged 26.2 points as a junior. ESPN and Rivals rated him a two-star recruit.

Hannahs was also a member of the Arkansas Wings Elite AAU team. He joins Rashad Madden, Alandise Harris, Moses Kingsley, Manuel Watkins and Bobby Portis as the other Arkansas Wings alumni playing for Arkansas.

Hannahs was regarded as one the best shooters in the Big 12 and he will be one of the best shooters Arkansas has seen in a long time. He is very comparable to former Razorback Pat Bradley.

In accordance with NCAA transfer rules, Hannahs will have to sit out next season, which will be a huge disappointment for the Razorbacks. His work ethic and determination will benefit the team even though he can’t step out on the court. He will have two years of eligibility after his redshirt season.

The transfer will be on scholarship from the University of Arkansas and has filled the final scholarship spot for the Arkansas basketball team, unless others decide to transfer, which is very possible. See previous article about transfers at Arkansas.

Mike Anderson did not offer Hannahs a scholarship coming out of high school but he made sure not to make the same mistake this time around.

Hannahs is a pure shooter and Arkansas lacks a lot of pure shooters. Anthlon Bell is the only true shooter Arkansas has but as we saw this season he may hit get a slump that lasts most of the season. Sure, Arkansas has the ability to hit outside shots but they aren’t “shooters.” Hannahs is exactly what Mike Anderson and Arkansas need, someone who will step up and hit shots consistently.

Hannahs is the son of Gerry Hannahs former Razorback baseball player who went on to play MLB for the Montreal Expos and Los Angeles Dodgers.

Arkansas basketball fans should be excited about Hannahs’ decision to choose Arkansas.