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Anthony Black becomes third five-star prospect of 2022 to commit to Arkansas men’s basketball team

The Muss Bus is packed.

Senior top-20 Anthony Black announced his commitment to Arkansas on Monday night, giving Eric Musselman and the Razorbacks their third five-star prospect in the 2022 class.

Black picked Arkansas over favorite Gonzaga, along with a final roster that also included Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU and the G League.

“I believe in Coach Muss and he knows what it takes to get to the NBA. He coached there and coached players to get there,” Black told ESPN. “He’s super intense and he’ll push me to do my best, stay on me and make me better. He’s trained great guards in the past.

A versatile 6-foot-7 perimeter player, Black is ranked No. 20 overall on the ESPN 100 for the Class of 2022. He is the No. 9 small forward in the class, but is capable of playing one or the other from guard and is comfortable at Black was one of the best players nationally last summer, going from unranked to on the radar of almost every major program.

As a senior at Duncanville High (Texas) last season, he won the 6A state championship. He only played in 15 regular season games due to transfer rules, but averaged 13.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.2 steals.

Black’s height, length and basketball acumen stand out. His greatest strength lies in his ability to play at a high level and his ability to make the game easy for others. He quickly snaps his wrist when passing in tight spaces, understanding how to throw the ball. An effective passer and ball passer, Black hits his teammates in stride for lay-ups or in their pocket for rhythm jumpers.

As a defender, Black has a long frame with lateral quickness and movable hips that allow him to glide and open up on the ball. He shows excellent anticipation on defense on the assist side, positioning himself to take a charge, get a steal or turn the open man He is dangerous as a defensive rebounder who can advance the ball himself in transition .

Black is the sixth ESPN 100 prospect in Arkansas’ Class of 2022, joining five-star Nick Smith (#6) and Jordan Walsh (#10), as well as four-star Derrian Ford (#70), Barry Dunning (#75) and Joseph Pinion (#89).

It’s a group that was ranked No. 3 in the nation before Black’s commitment and could push Kentucky to No. 2. Duke, with its three top-five prospects, is cemented at No. 1.

“I believe with the class coming in, we can win a lot of games. I want to win,” Black said. “Playing with Nick Smith here at McDonald’s (All American Game), you can see he’s a dog. He’s about his business. He takes the game seriously. He likes to score and I like to shoot others. We can help each other on and off the pitch.

“With Jordan Walsh coming from Dallas, we have a good relationship. He’s playing really hard too. The other guys are really good too. We can push and support each other.”

Arkansas’ season ended in the Elite Eight for the second straight year, with the Razorbacks falling to Duke on Saturday. With at least two starters expected next season, as well as the new recruiting class, the team de Musselman will be in contention to open the preseason ranked No. 1 on ESPN’s Top 25 Way-Too-Early.

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