Thursday, September 30, 2010

John Pelphrey has put together a great Class of 2011 recruits

John Pelphrey has had a rough go of it at Arkansas.

He's had trouble getting talent to head to Fayetteville, and the talent he does bring in never seems to be able to stay on the court. Suspensions, injuries, professional defections, you name it. Pelphrey hasn't won, and he hasn't run a program that can keep its name out of the police blotter.

That's a bad combination for a basketball coach.

But there is hope.

Yesterday, Rashad "Ky" Madden committed to Arkansas in a bit of a surprise move. (Most reports had him heading to Ole Miss.) According to our consensus top 100 rankings, Madden, an Arkansas native and an athletic, 6'5" combo guard, is the No. 34 recruit in the country. This commitment comes just three weeks after Pelphrey earned a commitment from BJ Young, a super talented point guard out of Indiana and the No. 18 recruit according to our rankings. Young's commitment came with Hunter Mickelson, a 6'10" center from Arkansas and the No. 75 recruit, and Aaron Ross, a 6'8" slasher who ranked No. 115, already committed to their home state school.

Put that together, and you have one of the best recruiting classes in the country. Its impressive.

And, as Gary Parrish points out, it ensures that Pelphrey, no matter how hot his seat gets, will have until at least the end of the 2011-2012 season to start winning.

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