Tuesday, June 25, 2024

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

The Arkansas Razorbacks made a bold move when they hired John Calipari away from the Kentucky Wildcats. Calipari went 410-123 in 15 seasons at Kentucky and won a national championship in 2012. However, the Wildcats haven’t advanced past the second round of the NCAA tournament since 2019 and Calipari is tasked with rebuilding the entire Arkansas basketball roster. Every remaining scholarship player on the Arkansas basketball roster with eligibility entered the college basketball transfer portal, but Calipari has quickly been able to add talent.

He’s signed four transfers and also added three top-25 players via Arkansas basketball recruiting. 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 HawgSports.com 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 

Last year’s Arkansas team returned 36.3% of its scoring from the 2022-23 roster, which is a high rate in this age of the transfer portal. But this year’s Arkansas Razorbacks squad returns .0003% of its scoring, thanks to the lone holdover, Lawson Blake, scoring just one point a year ago. Thus, Calipari has a complete roster overhaul to make as the 2024-25 Arkansas basketball team will have no continuity. Double-digit scorers Tramon Mark and Khalif Battle have respectively transferred to Texas and Gonzaga as part of the mass exodus from Fayetteville.

The Razorbacks’ average age of 22.7 last season was the second-oldest in Division I, when weighted by minutes. The team is losing nine seniors, and even those who lowered the average age have since departed. Layden Blocker and Baye Fall, who were Class of 2023 freshmen and top-10 national prospects at their respective positions, have since committed to other programs. So while Calipari has done a nice job in adding highly-ranked incoming recruits and transfers, he still just has a seven-man squad so there’s lots of work to be done. Join HawgSports to see the latest on all of Arkansas’ roster changes

Arkansas basketball news, roster

Calipari has quickly gone to work in the Class of 2024 and transfer portal, bringing Zvonimir Ivisic and Adou Thiero with him from Kentucky and flipping Boogie Fland, Billy Richmond, and Karter Knox from the Wildcats. He’s also added a pair of stars in Jonas Aidoo and Johnell Davis.

Aidoo was second-team All-SEC in 2023-24 for the Tennessee Volunteers and averaged 11.2 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game. Meanwhile, Davis was the AAC Player of the Year for the Florida Atlantic Owls, averaging 18.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.4 steals per game. Davis was also a linchpin on FAU’s Final Four team in 2023 and was ranked as the No. 3 transfer prospect in the Class of 2024. 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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