FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas coach Eric Musselman is at it again.
On a slow weekend after the Razorbacks were knocked out of the College World Series on Thursday, they picked up a big basketball commitment Saturday.
— Layden Blocker (@Laygogetit2) June 25, 2022
Blocker, a 6-2, 175-pound from the Wichita private school Bel Aire Sunrise Academy, picked the Razorbacks over Auburn, Baylor, Gonzaga, Kansas, Kansas State, Memphis, Oklahoma State and others.
Every sports winning and getting publicity helped. So did Musselman getting players to the next level, like Jaylin Williams being chosen at No. 34 overall (second round) by Oklahoma City on Thursday night.
— Paul Biancardi (@PaulBiancardi) June 25, 2022
Blocker made the announcement on Paul Biancardi’s podcast on Saturday afternoon.
“It’s clear how they will use me from day one in their NBA style system and his staff does a great job of preparing and developing players to get to the NBA,” Blocker said.
— Bradley Beal Elite (@BradBealElite) June 25, 2022
He is the first 2023 commitment for Musselman after having the No. 2-ranked class in the country last year with Nick Smith, Anthony Black and Jordan Walsh all making early projections as NBA Lottery picks next spring.