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Arkansas Razorbacks- #7 SEC college basketball power rankings

Published on December 22, 2012 by Scott Shirley   ·   No Comments

Arkansas

Coach: Mike Anderson (1 season at Arkansas 18-14) Overall 218-111, 10 years

2011-12: Record 18-14 overall, 6-10 in SEC (9th)

Starters Returning (2 ) Mardracus Wade, Rickey Scott

Preseason Tournament: Las Vegas Invitational

Top Non-Conference Games: vs. Syracuse, vs. Oklahoma, at Michigan

Transfer Out: Julysses Nobles, (Devonta Abron TCU)

Transfer In : Alandise Harris (Houston), Fred Gulley (eligible after first semester)

Sat Out: Marshawn Powell (Injured)

Last season was an up and down season for the Razorbacks. The starting out hot at 15-5 looking like an NCAA tournament team but they were could down the stretch just going 3-9. Mike Anderson is on his way to rebuilding this program, as they have a quality roster this season with no seniors. They return their top 3 scorers from last season and bring back another top player backer from injury.

Leading for Arkansas in the backcourt is point guard BJ Young (15.3 ppg), who flirted with the NBA but came back to school. Young is just a flat out scorer . He can shoot over 40 % from three and he can take the ball to the rim with his athletic ability. He needs to improve his passing skills. Also joining Young in the backcourt are guards Rickey Scott (9.1 ppg) and Mardracus Wade (10.8 ppg). The 3 guard lineup allows Anderson to use his style of basketball. Wade is a flat out deadly shooter shooting 48 % from three last season will Scott was a top rebounder from his guard spot last season. Scott also led the team in assists last year. The top option off the bench will be Rashad Madden (6.6 ppg). Also providing depth will be 3 freshman Michael Qualls, Anthlon Bell and DeQuavious Wagner and Davion Spivey. This unit will get a boost when Oklahoma State transfer Fred Gully becomes eligible after the first semester.

Arkansas receives a boost in the frontcourt with Marshawn Powell(19.5 ppg), who is returning from an injury. He played in just 2 games last season and nearly averaged 20 points. Powell uses his strength and toughness to score inside. Joining Powell in the frontcourt is center Hunter Mickelson (5.2 ppg). Mickelson is one of the top shot blockers in the SEC. Depth will be a concern here with only two players really providing that depth in Coty Clarke and freshman JaCorey Williams.

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