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Anthony Black commits to Arkansas: Razorbacks pick up five-star PG, inch closer to Duke in recruiting rankings


Arkansas added another five-star recruit to its collection for the 2022 cycle on Monday as touted prospect Anthony Black, the top uncommitted guard recruit in the country for his class, committed to the Razorbacks during a ceremony at the Powerade Jam Fest at the McDonald’s All-American game. Black, the No. 22 player in the 247Sports Composite and the No. 1 point guard at 247Sports, chose Arkansas over a final list of suitors that included Gonzaga and Oklahoma State.

The commitment of Black gives Arkansas its third five-star in 2022 and pushes the program to within striking distance of Duke for the top overall class in the cycle. He is the sixth incoming recruit for coach Eric Musselman and his staff next season, all of whom are ranked inside the top 100.

Black has drawn comparisons to former Oklahoma State standout Cade Cunningham as a prospect because of his 6-foot-7 frame and ability to operate as a lead guard. After playing more of a combo guard role most of his career, he made the transition to point guard full time last season and saw his stock skyrocket. As 247Sports’ Eric Bossi noted in his evaluation back in February, however, his do-it-all skillset should allow him to make an early impact regardless of how Arkansas uses him.

While long term the idea is that he continues to develop as a point guard, Black could realistically play any perimeter position and be effective. From day one he can get to the rim, he can get to the free throw line and he can make a team much better at moving the ball. 

Toppling Duke as the top recruiting class in the country may be a tough feat for Arkansas — Duke has four five-stars in the fold already, most in the country — but the Hogs sure are close. Landing Black alongside fellow five-stars Jordan Walsh and Nick Smith moves the program to a 69.69 team ranking in the Composite score — No. 2 in college hoops behind the Blue Devils’ 71.02 score.

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