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story.lead_photo.caption Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/THOMAS METTHE -- 4/10/2019 -- Arkansas Razorbacks head basketball coach Eric Musselman talks about his new team during the State of the Hog event on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock. - Photo by Thomas Metthe

FAYETTEVILLE -- Eric Musselman relied on transfers his four years coaching University of Nevada Wolf Pack basketball in Reno like Reno 's economy relies on slot machines and blackjack.

That reliance likely won't disappear just because he's in Arkansas now coaching the Razorbacks. And it shouldn't.

The Razorbacks have a transfer tradition of their own.

Martin Terry in the Lanny Van Eman era; Ron Brewer, Darrell Walker and Alvin Robertson for Eddie Sutton; Lenzie Howell, Corey Beck, Dwight Stewart and Jannero Pargo for Nolan Richardson; and Jaylen Barford and Daryl Macon for Mike Anderson rank among the Razorbacks elite transferred to the University of Arkansas via junior college.

Joe Kleine via Notre Dame to Sutton and Dusty Hannahs via Texas Tech to Anderson come to mind as notable Razorbacks transferred from D-1 schools.

Current Razorbacks point guard Jalen Harris first played for the University of New Mexico.

This burgeoning area of the NCAA transfer portal and immediately eligible graduate transfers spreads transfers like kudzu throughout the college basketball landscape.

Still, an Arkansas program with its high school and AAU basketball tradition and the tradition of its native sons yearning to be Razorbacks plus abounding talent bordering our state in Memphis, Texas, Louisiana and Tulsa create a recruiting a foundation starting with freshmen that sparsely populated Nevada doesn't have nearly so readily.

So, yes, said Musselman, the Razorbacks' new basketball coach since Sunday, his recruiting gears shifted as he shifted from Reno to Fayetteville.

"I think so without a doubt," Musselman said Monday during his introduction to Arkansas press conference at Walton Arena "There hasn't been a high school playing within driving distance where I was at my prior stop that we recruited heavily except for a couple of guys that we did get."

And he did get more freshmen for the University of Nevada than most realize, Musselman said of his four Wolf Pack years and 110-34 record.

"For sure at Nevada transfers have been a big part of our success there," Musselman said. "But people don't talk enough about the freshmen that we did bring in, Lindsey Drew and Cameron Oliver, in our first recruiting class really are what started the foundation, two incoming freshmen that were Pac-12 commits that played for us. Then last year we got a McDonald's All-American in Jordan Brown."

Musselman's Arkansas recruiting started the Sunday he hit town with those he inherits from Anderson. For this first season they are the most important recruits he'll have.

ANOTHER REUNION

The March reunion of the 1994 Razorbacks national championship basketball team and February reunion of the Razorbacks' 1979 first-ever Southwest Conference champion indoor track team are followed by this weekend's Razorbacks' men's tennis reunion.

At least 63 tennis alums assembled Friday says Robert Cox, retired Razorbacks coach and event organizer still in Razorbacks administration.

Hall of Honor recognized Ron Hightower, the former Razorbacks coach and All-American player, and Pat Serret, the Razorbacks NCAA Doubles champion with the late Peter Doohan, are among those listed as attending.

Sports on 04/13/2019

Print Headline: Musselman gives insight into recruiting strategy

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