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Arkansas basketball under John Calipari: Insiders share transfer portal news, 2024 roster, recruits, targets

Arkansas basketball has a proud tradition, making six Final Fours and winning a national championship under Nolan Richardson in 1994. However, with Eric Musselman leaving for USC this offseason, the program was at a crossroads. Deep-pocketed donors decided to take a big swing, luring long-time Kentucky head coach John Calipari to Fayetteville. Now, those same deep pockets are helping fully fund an NIL collective that is helping Calipari quickly rebuild the Arkansas basketball roster. Calipari had no scholarship players in the Arkansas basketball lineup when he arrived, but he managed to add four players in the college basketball transfer portal and secure Arkansas basketball recruiting commitments from three top-25 players in the Class of 2024.

He has Arkansas in the mix for other big-time talents to close out this Arkansas basketball recruiting class. 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 

The Razorbacks will be without their two double-digit scorers from last season when the 2024 season kicks off. Senior guard Tramon Mark (16.2 ppg) entered the transfer portal after one year at Arkansas and has since committed to Texas, his third school in three years. Fellow senior guard Khalif Battle (14.8 ppg) entered the portal the same day Arkansas finalized Calipari’s deal and he has since committed to Gonzaga.

There are standout underclassmen who also won’t be on the 2024-25 Arkansas basketball roster. Junior forward Trevon Brazile (8.6 ppg) declared for the NBA Draft on April 8 before changing his mind and entering the transfer portal on May 1. Senegalese center Baye Fall has joined Kansas State, and point guard Layden Blocker is now part of the DePaul Blue Demons basketball roster. Join HawgSports to see the latest on all of Arkansas’ roster changes

Arkansas basketball news, roster

Calipari has put in work and quickly built out what could be a capable rotation. Adou Thiero and Zvonimir Ivisic followed Calipari from Kentucky to Arkansas and incoming freshman Boogie Fland, Karter Knox and Billy Richmond all followed suit as well. They were joined by FAU guard Johnnell Davis, who won AAC Player of the Year honors last year, and Tennessee center Jonas Aidoo, who was second-team All-SEC.

However, Arkansas might not be done, as they’re in the mix for five-star freshman guard Daruis Acuff Jr., who is reportedly down to Arkansas and Kansas. Acuff officially visited earlier this month and should reach a decision soon with summer workouts beginning. Arkansas is also in the mix for another Kentucky transfer, with D.J. Wagner averaging 9.9 points and 3.3 assists for the Wildcats last 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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