FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The University of Arkansas men’s basketball program will be well represented in the inaugural Arkansas Men’s College Basketball All-Star Game this Saturday, April 5, at Summit Arena in Hot Springs, Ark.
Senior guards Rickey Scott Jr., and Mardracus Wade along with senior forward Coty Clarke have accepted invitations to compete in the men’s college All-Star contest.
This first-ever All-Star game, which is being hosted by Arkansas Alumni Classic Inc., will feature most of the top 20 male and female basketball seniors encompassing those colleges from the state of Arkansas. The men’s college basketball all-star game starts at 5:30 p.m. with the Arkansas Legends All-Star contest to follow at 7:30 p.m. The women’s college basketball all-star game is slated for a 3:30 p.m. tipoff.
A three-point shooting contest and a slam dunk competition will follow the women’s game. During the event, the Arkansas College Men’s and Women’s Basketball Player of the Year Award recipients will be announced.
Prices are $20, $15, and $10 for those who buy their tickets at Summit Arena and fans may also purchase online through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com.
Clarke, one of two co-captains for his final season, was a consistent member of the Razorbacks’ starting lineup, reached double figures in 18 contests, including nine of the last 12 games. He was one of two Arkansas players to lead the team in points (5), rebounds (12), assists (11) and steals (10) at least five times. The SEC Player of the Week for the week of March 3rd after scoring a career-high 23 points against Georgia and leading the Razorbacks to an overtime win at Kentucky, he led the Razorbacks in steals with 50. Clarke posted averages of 9.4 and 5.6 rebounds for the year while shooting 43 percent (25-58) from three-point range.
Entering his final game as a Razorback, Wade ranked fourth in the SEC among active steals leaders with 153 after having led the Razorbacks the previous two seasons. He set several career highs his senior season, including an 18-point outing against Ole Miss on senior night in which he hit a career-high five threes. Wade was just the 29th player in program history with 100+ steals and the first since the end of the 2006 season. His 81 career steals in SEC play are the seventh-most in program history, while he scored 797 points over 126 games.
Scott joined Wade as two of just three four-year seniors on the Razorback squad, playing in his 100th career game against Indiana State in the NIT first round. Scott was an integral part of the Razorbacks throughout his career, starting in 59 contests over his four seasons. He scored double figures 18 times throughout his career and hit 20+ points twice, as well as finishing with a positive assist/turnover ratio in each of his four seasons.
The trio helped Arkansas, under head coach Mike Anderson, produce a 22-12 overall record in 2013-14. The 22 victories were the most since 2007-08 and included the Razorbacks first trip to the postseason since 2008.
The focus of the Arkansas College All-Star game is centered on fostering active healthy lifestyles, higher education and will be utilized as catalyst to spread the love of basketball throughout Arkansas. In the spirit of the Alumni Classic’s mission this game will serve as an opportunity for the fans of all Arkansas colleges to come out and salute the players from their respective Alma Maters.