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Razorbacks sign three to NLIs

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Razorbacks sign three to NLIs

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — University of Arkansas head men’s basketball coach Mike Anderson announced the signing of three players to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday, the first day of the fall signing period. Anthlon Bell of Bartlett, Tenn., Michael Qualls of Shreveport, La., and JaCorey Williams of Adamsville, Ala., are the early signees with the first-year Razorback head coach. “I am happy to announce the signing of three new Razorbacks,” Anderson said. “These three men fill the needs of our team and our program. They are not only excellent basketball players but tremendous people with great character and even better families. We are excited for them to be a part of the Razorback basketball family. They have that toughness and will to win that we want as coaches and each comes from a winning program. They are gym rats who want to get better every day.” Bell is a 6-3 guard who is known most for his outstanding shooting ability. He averaged 25 points and five assists as junior, but made waves on the summer AAU circuit which led to a flood of offers. He has scored more than 2,000 points in three years of high school basketball and ranks third on his Bartlett High School’s all-time scoring list. Bell chose Arkansas over Massachusetts and Missouri. “Anthlon is one of the best shooters in the country in my opinion,” Anderson said. “He fits the Razorback basketball style. He has unlimited range with his shot and a high basketball IQ. He can also do more than just shoot; he understands the game and has a great presence on the floor. He is an unselfish player and with time will be an excellent defensive player.” Qualls averaged 22 points and 12 rebounds last season for Huntington High School, a program that went 31-3 his junior year. A small forward, Qualls is 6-5 and has a long wingspan. He is rated as a three-star prospect by Scout.com and also considered LSU, Ole Miss, Texas A&M and Tulane before signing with the Razorbacks. “Mike is a super athlete that plays hard and whose skill level continues to improve every day,” Anderson said. “His instincts and athleticism allow him to do what most players can’t. He is a very good defensive player who has the want and will to be an outstanding player.” The tallest member of the Arkansas signing class is the 6-8 Williams. Another small forward, Williams has the ability to face the basket or post up and averaged 18 points and seven rebounds at Birmingham Central Park High School as a junior. He was heavily recruited by Alabama and Richmond. “JaCorey is a skilled forward who has guard skills as well as the versatility to score inside,” Anderson said. “He is a good ball handler and passes well. The thing that I like most about JaCory is that he has a good motor. He also plays with that toughness that I really like.”



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