Arkansas basketball: Meet the 5 future Hogs who make up the 2022 No. 2 recruiting class in the nation

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No 4. Arkansas basketball signee Nick Smith, Jr.

6’4″ | 170 lbs | Jacksonville, Ark.

Nick Smith, Jr., playing for North Little Rock High School during his senior year before heading up to Fayetteville is the highest rated player in the state of Arkansas, according to ESPN.

The future Hog averaged 25 points, five rebounds and four assists per game as a junior at Sylvan Hills High School.

Smith is great in the open court, can score from just about anywhere. He especially loves to drive to the basket, create contact and score, according to a scouting report from 247 SPorts.

No 5. Arkansas basketball signee Joseph Pinion

6’6″ | 185 lbs | Morrilton, Ark.

Joseph Pinion averaged 17 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals per game as a junior for Morrilton High School, helping his squad get to the 4A State Championship game last season.

The 4-star player is a sharpshooter from behind the arc, successfully hitting 40% of his three-point tries for Morrilton.

Pinion is going to be a great option for Nick Smith to kick out to when he drives to the basket. Once the defense recognizes Pinion being a three-point threat, it could draw defenses out and open up lanes for future teammates Jordan Walsh and Barry Dunning.

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