Consensus 5-star recruit Reggie Perry is still committed to Arkansas … for now, plus news on the diamond
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Don’t fret, Arkansas basketball fans. The superstar of the next recruiting class is still on board.
Reggie Perry, a 6-8, 215-pound forward from Thomasville, Ga., (who plays his AAU in the state of Arkansas), had been rumored to be de-committed from coach Mike Anderson’s team. Perry is the 17th-ranked prospect in the Class of 2018. After the rumors grew larger, Perry’s parents released a statement, per the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette:
“We learned this afternoon that there are rumors on Twitter and other forums that Reggie de-committed from the University of Arkansas. We were disappointed that someone would start these rumors.
“On May 20, we tweeted, ‘The kids are out of school and it is time to reassess everything before the new school year.’ Every year as a family, we reflect on what we need to redefine, reassess and reinvent in our lives. Naturally discussing Reggie’s commitment to the University of Arkansas is a part of his reflection.
“As for de-committing, one thing about our family is if Reggie was to de-commit, it certainly wouldn’t be through Twitter or any other social media outlets. We would do things in decent and in order and it would start with a meeting with Coach Mike Anderson. That has not been done. Anyone else that may believe that they are ‘in the know’ is falsely representing our family and my son.”
Perry still has his senior year of high school to play through. The statement is reasonable. And sound. Reassess everything and do it always. Good luck, with whatever you choose, Perry family.
Diamond Hogs: Two more sign and one commits late
Former Arkansas right-handed pitchers Dominic Taccolini and Josh Alberius signed their professional deals over the weekend. Their signing means that every Razorbacks baseball player who was drafted – save one – has signed.
Taccolini signed with the San Diego Padres and Alberius with the Miami Marlins.
Upcoming junior RHP Blaine Knight did not. He is also not expected to. A top-three-round talent, Knight fell to the 29th round (Texas Rangers) because he made it fairly known his preference was to return to Arkansas. That appears to be the case.
In the meantime, coach Dave Van Horn had a batch of good news over the weekend, too.
Texarkana (Texas) Pleasant Grove RHP Caleb Bolden committed to the Razorbacks. Bolden was previously committed to Seminole State College, a junior college in Oklahoma, and was a 16th-round selection by the Tampa Bay Rays in last week’s MLB draft.
But when Arkansas had several scholarship players turn pro, money was freed. Van Horn had told Bolden if scholarship money came open, they wanted him in Fayetteville. Bing, bang, boom, Bolden will be with Arkansas next year.
Are Arkansas fans still mad at Malik Monk or did they just write him off when he went elsewhere? There's a difference. https://t.co/HXGd5L9H9G
— Bo Mattingly (@SportsTalkwBo) June 21, 2017
The broad-brush “Arkansas fans” is silly. They’re not all the same. But plenty are sure enough still mad. And silly passive-aggressive tweets like this only fuel it. The whole “I ain’t mad. You’re mad. No, you’re mad. Not me.” Facebook-esque. Dumb.
I mean, you’d think Justin Cole Moore might not have deleted his tweets of anger after Monk and Kentucky handled Arkansas back in January.
Related: Things I don’t miss – Twitter.
Ex-Hogs looking good on the links
Former Arkansas golfers Stacy Lewis and Gaby Lopez were back near their old stomping grounds over the weekend.
Lewis and Lopez played in the NW Arkansas Championship in Rogers as part of the LPGA Tour. And it wasn’t a bad weekend for the pair.
Lewis finished tied for fourth with Michelle Wie at 13 under par, 5 back of winner So Yeon Yu. Lopez finished in a 9-way tie for 10th at 10 under.
Lopez’s finish was especially impressive. She has two top-10 finishes in the last three weeks and has climbed to 57th in the points standings.
Lewis is 14th in the standings and has four top 10s this season.
Lewis and Lopez are in the field for this week’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship in Olympia Fields, Ill.
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