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Top 10 Former Arkansas HS Players to Watch in D1 College Basketball 2019


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By Jack Williams

Here is a look at the top 10 players who have played High School basketball in Arkansas that are currently playing Division 1 College basketball this coming 2019-20 season.
We are going to start from number 10 and count our way down to number 1. Keep in mind that we are including all players who have played high school ball in Arkansas not just resided in Arkansas.
This list does not include the 2019 class of high school recruits because they haven’t played a game yet. Here is our top 10:

#10 Gabe Osabuohien

High School: South West Christian Academy
Recruit Year: 2017
Current College: West Virginia

Osabuohien was recently dismissed from Arkansas by coach Eric Musselman. However, , he was picked up by West Virginia and will probably be granted a waiver to play immediately. Osabuohien played in 34 games and started in 8 games in his final season at Arkansas. He averaged 3.1 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game that season.

#9 Darius Hall

High School: Mills University Studies
Recruit Year: 2017
Current College: DePaul University

Hall was originally recruited by Mike Anderson to play for the University of Arkansas. While at Arkansas Hall played in 35 games and started in 5. He had potential to be a starter for Arkansas the follow 18-19 season but elected to transfer instead. Hall now plays for DePaul and will be eligible to play this coming season.

#8 Payton Willis

High School: Fayetteville High School
Recruit Year: 2016
Current College: Minnesota

Willis was originally recruited by Vanderbilt’s Former head Coach Bryce Drew. Coach Drew was fired after three seasons with the team. While at Vanderbilt Willis played in 31 games and started in 4. He averaged 5.1 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game in his final season at Vanderbilt. Willis has recently transferred and is now playing for Coach Richard Pitino at Minnesota. We can expect Willis to get a lot of playing time at Minnesota.

#7 Desi Sills

High School: Jonesboro High School
Recruit Year: 2018
Current College: Arkansas

Sills probably won’t start this season under their new coach Eric Musselman but he will receive some quality minutes next season. Sills averaged 5.3 points, 1.3 rebounds, and 1.7 assists last season. Expect Sills to be a quality support player for Arkansas this coming season

#6 Lawson Korita

High School: Pulaski Academy
Recruit Year: 2016
Current College: Tulsa

Korita is a frequent starter for Tulsa that’s why he is number six because he plays a very important role on this team. Korita played in 31 games last season and started in 25. Koita averaged 5.7 points and 2.8 rebounds per game last season. Korita will, more than likely, start for Tulsa this coming season.

#5  Exavian Christon

High School: Hot Springs High School
Recruit Year: 2017
Current College: Louisiana Tech

Christon played and started in the first seven games of the season before missing the last 26 games due to a medical injury. He was leading the team in scoring average 12 points per game last season. If he is 100% this season, he should easily crack the starting lineup for Louisiana Tech.

#4 Austin Reaves

High School: Cedar Ridge High School
Recruit Year: 2016
Current Team: Oklahoma

Reaves was originally recruited by Greg Marshall of Wichita State but has recently transferred to Oklahoma to play for Lon Kruger. While at Wichita State he averaged 8.1 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 2 rebounds per game in his final season there.

#3 Marquis Eaton

High School: Jonesboro High School
Recruit Year: 2017
Current Team: Arkansas State

Eaton Played in all 32 games, starting 27 and  averaged 11.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game at Arkansas State. He ranked second on the  team in scoring, second in assists, third in steals and sixth in rebounding. He averaged 11.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game last season.

#2 Shawn Williams

High School: Maumelle High School
Recruit Year: 2016
Current Team: Southwest Christian Academy

Williams currently plays for Coach Chris Jan’s at New Mexico State, a team that has won the WAC ‘s regular and conference tournament titles two (2) years in a row. Coach Jan’s was also named the WAC’s coach of the year in 2018 and 2019. As you can see, he is playing for a great coach. As for Williams he transferred to New Mexico State from Eastern Carolina. In 2018, Williams was named the American Conference Rookie of the Year, The All-American Rookie of the Year and The Kyle Macy Freshman All-American. Williams was named number two (2) because he will be playing a vital role in this team making it back to the tournament. He will have immediate eligibility and will almost certainly have a spot in the starting lineup.

#1 Isaiah Joe

High School: North Side High School
Recruit Year: 2018
Current Team: Arkansas

Isaiah Joe is for real. And would more than likely to be the one out of this bunch to go pro once he’s finished with his college career. Joe is on pace for setting an NCAA record in three points made. He has already set several records in his freshman season at Arkansas. According to Razorback.com Joe set the SEC record for 3-pointers made per game (3.3 per game). He tied the SEC record for 3 pointer made in a season by a freshman (total of 113). He is the 4th in NCAA history for 3 pointer made in a season by a freshman. Joe was the 2nd leading scorer for the Razorbacks only behind Daniel Gafford who has already turned pro.



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