Three members of Arkansas’ 2018 recruiting played together one more time before heading to the Hill. Desi Sills, Isaiah Joe and Ethan Henderson, who played for the Arkansas Hawks on the AAU circuit, teamed up on Team Arkansas in the Mike Conley Jr. Classic on Thursday.
Bill Ingram, the head coach of the Hawks, feels the trio’s familiarity can only help them on the next level.
“They know each other’s tendencies, they’re great teammates, they’re great friends and all of them are great guys,” Ingram said. “And I think when you put yourself in in a situation where you’re around people that you’re comfortable with that normally helps you perform better.”
All three will have the opportunity to come in and immediately earn playing time with only three returners who played significant minutes returning to the Hogs.
“We going there as freshman and you know you get on the court, very quick and that’s a good opportunity,” Sills told the Pig Trail Nation. “That’s a dream come true because a lot of freshman want to get on the court right away and wanna play.”
Ingram knows these guys just about as well as anybody and says the Hawks’ schedule has them ready for what’s coming at the college level.
“These guys have been through the wars, they’ve played against the best players in the country,” Ingram said. “I promise you, they will be prepared and ready to play and contribute to that team.”
There are high expectations on Rivals.com’s 18th ranked recruiting class, but Joe isn’t shying away from them.
“We’re gonna bring a lot of intensity and a lot of talent, a lot of leadership,” Joe said. “So I think we got a good shot to have a good season we just got to put it all together.”
Getting SEC All-Freshman honoree Daniel Gafford back for next year brought some mixed emotions for Henderson.
“I was like this is gonna be a tough one for me in practice, that’s what I was thinkin,” Henderson said. “Practice is gonna be tough. But I mean, it’s, I like Daniel. Me and him like the same person, we goofy.”
Sills though sums up the mindset this class and the team will have going into next year.
“Home team home state, ready to represent and put on for Arkansas.”