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

A new era of Arkansas Razorbacks basketball is underway with the hiring of coach John Calipari, formerly of Kentucky. He’s one of just two coaches to lead three different programs to the Final Four and is hoping to make history by becoming the first to lead four with Arkansas basketball. The school made a pair of Elite Eights over the last four seasons under former coach Eric Musselman, but the level of expectation for the 2024-25 Arkansas basketball roster was raised with Calipari’s arrival to Fayetteville, Ark. With Arkansas Razorbacks basketball coming off its first losing season since 2009-10 and with the team losing its top 14 scorers, Calipari is executing a Arkansas basketball lineup overhaul.

He lured several of his former UK Wildcats to follow him west with Zvonimir Ivisic and Adou Thiero, and flipped several top recruits from Kentucky to Arkansas. However, with a depleted Arkansas roster, Calipari has had to do something he wasn’t too fond of in Lexington, dip into the college basketball transfer portal. 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 

Seven of Arkansas’ nine-leading scorers from last season are seniors, so Hogs Nation expected there to be several new faces for the 2024-25 Arkansas basketball roster. What it didn’t expect was that leading scorer Tramon Mark (16.2 points per game) would take his talents elsewhere. The native Texan, who began his career at Houston, is heading back to the Longhorn State as he joined Texas from the transfer portal.

Meanwhile, Trevon Brazile, who was the top underclassmen scorer for Arkansas last year with 8.6 ppg entered the 2024-25 college basketball transfer portal on May 1. He had previously declared for the NBA Draft as well and indicated that a return to Fayetteville was not in the cards. With other departures, that leaves the number of holdovers from last season’s team at just two players — Cade Arbogast and Lawson Blake — both of whom made the team as walk-ons and combined to play all of seven minutes last year. Join HawgSports to see the latest on all of Arkansas’ roster changes

Arkansas basketball news, roster

The first Arkansas roster under Calipari is starting to take shape after former FAU standout Johnell Davis committed to the Razorbacks. Davis was a star for the Owls, leading FAU to the Final Four in 2022-23. The 6-foot-4 guard averaged 18.2 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game last season, while shooting 41.4% from 3-point range. Davis, who shared AAC Player of the Year honors last season, joins several other playmakers on Arkansas’ roster.

Tennessee transfer Jonas Aidoo, Kentucky transfer Zvonimir Ivisic and former Kentucky commits Boogie Fland, Karter Knox and Billy Richmond, all top-40 recruits, will join Davis in Fayetteville. The Razorbacks might lack continuity, but they are already among the top contenders in the college basketball futures odds for the 2024-25 season. 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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