2022 Record: 22-14 (8-10)
Head Coach: Eric Musselman (Career Record 205-76) (Arkansas Record 95-42)
PG: Devo Davis (10.9 Pts, 4.4 Reb, 2.5 Ast)
SG: Khalif Battle (Temple 17.9 Pts, 3.6 Reb, 1.8 Ast)
SF: Tramon Mark (Houston 10.1 Pts, 4.9 Reb, 1.8 Ast)
PF: Trevon Brazile (11.8 Pts, 6.8 Reb, 1.0 Ast)
C: Makhi Mitchell (7.0 Pts, 5.3 Reb, 1.1 Ast)
6: PG El Ellis (Louisville 17.7 Pts, 2.6 Reb, 4.4 Ast)
7: SG Jeremiah Davenport (Cincinnati 9.1 Pts, 4.2 Reb, 0.5 Ast)
8: PF Jalen Graham (5.2 Pts, 2.3 Reb, 0.5 Ast)
9: C Baye Fall
10: PF Chandler Lawson (Memphis 5.0 Pts, 4.5 Reb, 0.8 Ast)
11: PG Layden Blocker
12: PF Denijay Harris (Southern Miss 8.9 Pts, 5.6 Reb, 0.6 Ast)
13: SG Joseph Pinion (2.4 Pts, 0.6 Reb, 0.1 Ast)
Arkansas returns guard Devo Davis and big man Makhi Mitchell this season. Davis excels on the defensive end being one of the best perimeter defenders in the SEC. Davis has also become a good three point shooter over the course of his career. He also excels as a rebounder. Davis has to take on a new kind of leadership this upcoming season being the only four year guy who spent his entire career with Arkansas. Makhi Mitchell had a better than expected season coming from the mid major ranks. He shot a career high 66% from the floor this past season.
The Razorbacks also return forwards Trevon Brazile and Jalen Graham. Brazile is an extremely talented player who has some NBA hype going into this season. Brazile was having a stellar season before he suffered a season ending injury. Brazile is a very good shooter for his size making him a threat to score from all three levels. He also possesses a high level of athleticism for his size. Jalen Graham didn’t have as good of a season as many expected. He only saw an average of 10 minutes of action per night. Graham made the most of it though he shot 66% from the floor and was a threat on the defensive side of the ball as well. Also returning for Arkansas is SG Joseph Pinion. He is a talented shooter but the minutes may be tough for him again this season with all this depth.
Arkansas did what they do best and landed a haul of players in the transfer portal this offseason. The Razorbacks landed transfer guards from the AAC Jeremiah Davenport, Tramon Mark, and Khalif Battle. Jeremiah Davenport, a transfer out of Cincinnati, has great size for his position. He has the length and athleticism to compete in the SEC. He did have a bit of a down year shooting wise this past season but he should see some solid minutes off the bench. Tramon Mark started all 37 games for a Houston team that was ranked in the Top 3 the majority of last season. Mark is talented on the offensive end but is another level of elite on the defensive end. Mark will be one of the best perimeter defenders in the SEC this season. Khalif Battle from Temple is a volume scorer who will make an immediate impact on the offensive end. Battle can score from nearly anywhere on the court and could potentially lead the Razorbacks in scoring next season.
Eric Musselman also landed Louisville guard El Ellis. The former #1 JUCO prospect wasn’t in a great situation at Louisville and didn’t win much at all there. However, he does still have some skills that should be useful at the SEC level. He’s a high level passer and could also be a scoring spark off the bench. He should excel in a 6th man type of role for the Razorbacks this season. Arkansas also added transfer forwards Denijay Harris from Southern Miss and Chandler Lawson from Memphis. Both should provide some depth and experience on the interior for this Razorback team. Arkansas also added 2 freshman in the 2023 class. Big man Baye Fall from Colorado was ranked as the #29 player in the country. PG Layden Blocker from Arkansas was ranked as the #58 player in the country.
Arkansas has enough talent this season to finish Top 5 in the SEC and make some noise in the NCAA Tournament. With all the new faces, it could take a bit for the chemistry to come together. Musselman always seems to take a couple bumps in the road but really gets it rolling down the stretch. This team has a couple question marks as to where certain players fit in, but the Razorbacks have enough talent to come together and get it done.