FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas forward Arlando Cook has rejoined the team for practice, Razorbacks basketball coach Mike Anderson said Thursday.
Cook had been suspended indefinitely after a September arrest. He was charged with first-degree assault, disorderly conduct and public intoxication after he allegedly was involved in a fight outside a Fayetteville nightlife spot.
Cook remains ineligible to play, per the terms of Anderson’s suspension. The coach said Cook will remain in that status until the case against him comes to a conclusion.
Arkansas could use his return. The leading returning forward or center scorer is Dustin Thomas, who averaged fewer than six points a game last year. Arkansas is banking on quick development from 4-star recruit Daniel Gafford.
Cook played in all 36 games last year and averaged 2.8 points and 2.3 rebounds a game, averaging just over 11 minutes per. He would almost certainly be in Arkansas’ frontcourt rotation with similar, perhaps slightly increased minutes, were he to play in 2017-18.
Arkansas has its Red-White scrimmage on Friday at Bud Walton Arena. It is open to the public. The Razorbacks begin their season Friday, Nov. 10, against Samford.
Arkansas was picked to finish sixth in the SEC at SEC Media Day on Wednesday. The Razorbacks have finished better than their projected spot at least each of the last three seasons. They are paced by the return of the senior guard duo of Daryl Macon and Jaylen Barford. Macon and Barford put their names into consideration for the NBA Draft in the offseason but removed them before the deadline. Macon averaged 13.4 points and Barford 12.8 points per game last season.
The Razorbacks finished last year 26-10, 12-6 in the SEC.
Arkansas’ projected rotation looks like this:
- C – Gafford
- PF – Trey Thompson
- SF – Adrio Bailey
- Guard – Macon
- Guard – Barford
- Point guard – Anton Beard
- Shooting guard – CJ Jones
- Small forward – Dustin Thomas
- Wing – Darious Hall
- Power forward – Cook
- 4 – Gabe Osabuohien