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Arkansas basketball under John Calipari: Transfer portal news, 2024 roster, targets, recruits, by SEC experts

Arkansas was predicted to finish towards the top of the SEC in the conference’s preseason polls last season, but the Razorbacks ended up being one of the biggest disappointments in the country. Arkansas was the No. 12 seed in its conference tournament and failed to make it out of the second round of the SEC Tournament. Arkansas finished 16-17, including 6-12 in the SEC, but after making the Sweet 16 in its prior three seasons, coach Eric Musselman was offered and accepted the head coaching position at USC. Musselman brought Arkansas to two Elite Eights over his four seasons at Arkansas with postseason play. Few Arkansas basketball fans could have expected his replacement when news broke that John Calipari was leaving Kentucky for Arkansas.

This will certainly add flair to SEC play with Calipari changing schools within the conference after helping Kentucky win more than 20 games in his 15 seasons in Lexington outside of the pandemic-shortened 2020-21 campaign. With Calipari could come a long line of five-star Arkansas basketball recruits and future NBA talent, so who should Arkansas fans expect on campus for the 2024-25 Arkansas basketball roster? If you love the Razorbacks, or just want the latest roster updates and college basketball transfer portal news, be sure to see what the proven team of insiders are saying at HawgSports, the 247Sports affiliate that covers Arkansas.

The team of insiders at are providing up-to-the-minute scoop on the latest intel surrounding the Arkansas basketball coaching transition and roster changes. Launched in 2002, HawgSports has established itself as the top source for insider Arkansas basketball coverage. Trey Biddy, Danny West and Connor Goodson have a combined 30 years of experience covering the Razorbacks professionally. And right now, HawgSports is offering 30% off the first year of an annual subscription*, so now is the time to sign up.

The team at HawgSports has full coverage of who is coming and who is going on the Arkansas basketball roster. Head to HawgSports now to see all the insider info.

Arkansas basketball roster departures 

Trevon Brazile, a 6-foot-9 forward, was a preseason All-SEC selection last season but had a disappointing redshirt sophomore season and averaged 8.6 points and 5.9 rebounds per game after returning from an ACL injury in December 2022 that ended his true sophomore year. But Brazile decided to sign an agent and declare for the 2024 NBA Draft, so Arkansas fans won’t have the opportunity to see a bounceback junior year from him. Brazile announced his decision to enter the draft around the same time Calipari was signing with Arkansas as he still wanted to go pro.

The entire Arkansas roster from last season either entered the transfer portal or declared for the NBA Draft. That’s not entirely a surprise as a coach like Calipari will target the type of player he wants from high schools and the transfer portal. He already flipped multiple of his freshman signees from Kentucky to Arkansas as there will be no shortage of potential NBA talent on the floor in Arkansas despite Brazile’s decision to enter the 2024 NBA Draft. Join HawgSports to see the latest on all of Arkansas’ roster changes

Arkansas basketball news, roster

Last weekend, Calipari and the Razorbacks hosted Tennessee transfer Jonas Aidoo for an official visit, and he Aidoo signed with Arkansas this week. A four-star recruit out of high school and the No. 11 recruit in this year’s transfer portal earned second-team All-SEC honors and was on the All-SEC defensive team after averaging 11.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game for the Volunteers last season.

Aidoo is 6-foot-11 with a staggering 7-foot-4 wingspan and he’s developed the ability to finish with both hands while showing touch in the mid-range. He’s battle-tested in the SEC and would likely be a starter from Day One. Join HawgSports to get the latest on all of Arkansas’ roster additions

How to get insider Arkansas basketball roster updates

Calipari has already been in contact with multiple transfers from power-conference teams, so be sure to join HawgSports to see who they are and get the rest of the insider roster news

Who are the top names Arkansas basketball is pursuing under coach John Calipari, and which power-conference transfers could land in Fayetteville? Go to HawgSports to see their insider information, all from a team of reporters with years of experience covering the Razorbacks, and find out. And reminder, HawgSports is offering 30% off the first year of an annual VIP membership*, so subscribe now before it’s too late.

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