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Arkansas Razorbacks: Mike Anderson's first recruiting class is off to a good start

November 09, 2011|by Chris Replogle, KY3 News | creplogle@ky3.com

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Mike Anderson's first recruiting class is a mixture of size, scorers.

Guard Anthlon Bell, swing-man Michael Qualls and forward JaCorey Williams all inked letters of intent on Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period. 

"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."

Bell has Memphis roots, which has always been a recruiting priority area for Anderson while an assistant at Arkansas and head coach at Missouri.  Bell is 6'3" and averaged 25 points and five assists as a junior.  He is already a 2,000-point scorer.  Bell chose the Hogs over Missouri.

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Michael Qualls is an inside-outside guy who can not only score but also rebound.  The 6'5" forward averaged 22 points and 12 rebounds last season for Huntington High School in Louisiana.  Qualls chose the Razorbacks over Texas A&M and LSU.

JaCorey Williams is the size of the class.  The 6'8" forward grabbed 18 points and seven rebounds per game in his junior season at Birmingham Central Park High School in Alabama.  He picked the Hogs over Alabama.

"They are not only excellent basketball players but tremendous people with great character and even better families." said Anderson.  "We are excited for them to be a part of the Razorback basketball family."

The class will likely grow through either this signing period or one later in the spring.

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