The future of Arkansas Basketball is in good hands after exciting McDonald’s All-American performances from Nick Smith, Anthony Black, and Jordan Walsh
The Arkansas Basketball team was well represented at the annual McDonald’s High School All-American game on March 29, which featured all three 5-star recruits signed to the Razorbacks.
The Hogs were just one of three teams that featured three signees in this game that serves as a high school all-star game of sorts.
Arkansas joined blue bloods Duke and Kansas as the only other team to have three or more players in this game.
Let’s take a look at how each of the incoming freshmen performed during the game.
Nick Smith, McDonald’s All-American game stats
Minutes played: 23 minutes
Smith made just four shot attempts and struggled on offense. The North Little Rock High School alum shot just 27% from the field. He played more minutes than any of the other 23 players competing in the game.
Anthony Black, McDonald’s All-American game stats
Minutes played: 17 minutes
Black showed the basketball world a glimpse of what he’ll be doing for the Hogs next season: filling the stat sheet.
In just 17 minutes of play, he was halfway to a triple-double. If Black plays 35 minutes for the Razorbacks, it’s not out of the question that he could flirt with scoring 10+ points, grabbing 10+ rebounds, and dishing out 10+ assists as a freshman.
Jordan Walsh, McDonald’s All-American game stats
Minutes played: 15 minutes
Walsh didn’t see a ton of action in this exhibition game, but showcased that he’s capable of doing whatever his coaches ask of him. If he needs to go out and score he can. If he needs to focus on pulling in rebounds, he’s ready to do it.