Four-star junior Kevaughn Allen from North Little Rock committed to Florida Wednesday night. Allen just adds to the list of highly recruited in-staters that Arkansas basketball has missed out.
The 6-foot-2 shooting guard is ranked No. 59 overall on 247 Sports for the class of 2015. Allen’s high school teammate, Anton Beard, will be joining the Hogs next season. Allen is a member of the Arkansas Soldiers AAU team.
Arkansas has missed out on numerous amounts of recruits from the state of Arkansas over the past few years.
The Hogs picked up two of the top recruits in the state of Arkansas from the class of 2014. Three-star point guard Anton Beard and two-star power forward Trey Thompson will both be joining Arkansas next season.
Last season the Hogs did manage to get the top recruit in the state of Arkansas with five-star Bobby Portis but they also missed out on a couple others. Three-star shooting Darian Harris from Shiloh Christian in Springdale, Arkansas chose Creighton but was not recruited by Arkansas. Three-star point guard Dayshawn Watkins from North Little Rock also did not receive an offer from Arkansas and went on to play at UAB. Three-star point guard Imara Ready from Parkview High School in Little Rock was also not offered by Arkansas and went on to play in the SEC at Mississippi State.
In the class of 2012, Arkansas missed out big time with five-star recruit Archie Goodwin. Goodwin played at Sylvan Hills High School in Sherwood, Arkansas and signed with rival Kentucky over Arkansas. He was ranked the 14th overall player in his class by Rivals. Also in the class of 2012, was Dusty Hannahs from Pulaski Academy in Little Rock, who the Hogs missed out on the first time around, but were lucky enough to have picked him up recently. Arkansas also missed out on three-star Jalen Jackson, who signed with Central Arkansas.
From the class of 2011, the Hogs signed both in-state four-star’s Rashad Madden and Hunter Mickelson (transferred to Kansas). Three-star power forward Aaron Ross from Little Rock committed to the Hogs early in his high school career but changed his mind and signed with Texas Tech. Arkansas also missed out of three-star’s Raheem Appleby (Louisiana Tech), David Rivers (Nebraska) and Jamal Jones (Ole Miss).
Not all of these recruits were offered by Arkansas and that’s okay. They might not fit into the program or whatever, but there are some big names in this list of in-state recruits that Arkansas has missed out that would have helped this program out a lot.
This is becoming a major issue for Arkansas, not only in basketball but other sports. In a state like Arkansas, where there are no professional teams, the Razorbacks are the professional team. Every high school athlete in the state of Arkansas should dream about playing for the Razorbacks one day. That’s hard to do when you aren’t winning a sufficient amount of games or making the NCAA Tournament each season.
In-state recruits going out of Arkansas is becoming and problem and it needs to be fixed before Arkansas misses out on someone like upcoming star Malik Monk. It’s very important that Arkansas finds a way to keep recruits in-state.