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Arkansas picks up commitment from four-star Embery

Keyshawn Embery

Arkansas scored its third Rivals150 commitment Saturday as Keyshawn Embery, a 6-foot-2 combo guard, pledged to the SEC program. Improving his standing this summer with the Oklahoma Run PWP program, Embery can be leaned upon for his versatility in the backcourt and three-point shot-making abilities.

Embery’s final five consisted of West Virginia, Texas A&M, Arizona State, Butler and Arkansas. Arkansas entered reeling off of the decommitment of five-star forward Reggie Perry. Adding its fourth commitment to its 2018 class for the second time around, Embery becomes the highest rated prospect for Mike Anderson and the Hogs.

“They have great facilities, a great coaching staff, a big fan base, great team, just all around, it is a great school,” he said about his decision to play for the Razorbacks. “They just tell me to play off my instincts, and playing my game with getting up and down the floor and pressuring the ball. It is basically about playing freely even though you have to run offense but also about scoring the ball.”

Averaging over 16 points, three rebounds and three assists per game on the Under Armour circuit, Embery has the opportunity to step in and leave an immediate mark. Arkansas will see its entire starting backcourt of Anton Beard, Darryl Macon and Jaylen Barford graduate this spring, all of which will leave a giant void on the perimeter.

A capable shot-maker and a defender that can contain either guard position, Embery will be joined in the backcourt next fall by fellow 2018 commits Isaiah Joe and Desi Sills. Arkansas remains in the hunt for another wing or forward this fall, though they boast the commitment of another Rivals150 prospect, big man Ethan Henderson. They sit with a top-25 class in 2018.