With the football team working through its bye week, it seems like a good time to talk hoops for a bit.
Mike Anderson’s basketball Hogs are busy getting ready for a new season, and there’s reason to believe things are looking up.
There are plenty of holdovers from a 19-13 season, but it’s three newcomers on the front line who have captured people’s attention. The biggest addition may very well be power forward Alandise Harris. The Little Rock native and Houston transfer is eligible to play after sitting out last season, and he will provide an immediate and tough presence around the basket. Harris averaged over 13 points and over 6 rebounds two years ago as a Cougar, and anyone who watched him play against the Hogs in North Little Rock remembers how he dominated in the paint.
6-9, 225 pound power forward Bobby Portis was one of the top recruits in the country a year ago. He is long and athletic, which certainly fits Coach Anderson’s mold. He can run the floor, block shots, rebound, and can hit the midrange jumper. He ‘s not the savior, but he’s going to be a big part of the Hogs’ return to prominence.
Moses Kingsley is 6-9 too, and is said to be more of a true post player. Like Harris and Portis, he has a reputation for toughness, and that’s a quality this team needs.
Those three along with Coty Clarke will give the Hogs to feature an excellent front line, but questions remain about guard play. Who will man the point? Will be it be Kikko Haydar or Ky Madden? Will Anthlon Bell become a consistent scorer? Can Mardracus Wade regain his touch from two years ago? All are questions that are being answered on the practice floor, but may remain an overall mystery until after some early season games.
What is a certainty is that the Fastest 40 Minutes in Basketball will be exciting to watch. The exhibition opener is week from Friday night with the regular season tipping off seven days later. It’s time for Hawgball!