When Mike Andersonwas an assistant at Arkansas, the Razorbacks relied heavily on talent from Memphis.
Now as the head coach, it looks like Anderson will be looking to tap into Memphis again. Wednesday night he got his first recruit from the Bluff City as head Hawg.
A little more than a week after visiting Fayetteville, the 6-foot-3 shooting guard Anthlon Bell from Memphis (Tenn.) Bartlett announced to the world via his twitter account that he would be attending Arkansas and confirmed the news with Rivals.com.
"I just have a good relationship with all of the coaches, they are all good people and coaches," said Bell of his decision to attend Arkansas. "The style of play, I like that. They needed that knockdown shooter and that's what I bring to the table for them."
Playing during the summer with Memphis YOMCA, Bell emerged as a dangerous perimeter scorer. With easy range to the three point line and a quick trigger, he did plenty of damage via his jumper.
While he prefers to shoot jumpers, Bell can handle the ball a bit and has the tools to emerge as an off the dribble scorer. With his quick hands, the three-star prospect should also be a good fit for Arkansas' running and pressing style.
Of course, he also talked with his future head coach about re-establishing the Memphis pipeline.
"He talked to me about how Memphis players had good success at Arkansas," Bell told Rivals.com. "He talked about their success in college and after college. I want to help bring that back."
Bell joins a recruiting class that already includes three-star small forward Michael Qualls from Louisiana. The duo took their official visits at the same time.