5-Star/McDonald’s All-American Black completes 2022 signing class
FAYETTEVILLE- Anthony Black, a five-star guard and McDonald’s All-American, has become the sixth high school signee to solidify Arkansas’ best recruiting class in program history, the Razorback head coach announced today. , Eric Musselmann.
“Anthony brings so much to the Razorback family and makes this overall class a diverse group with many strengths,” Musselman said. “He has proven at the highest level that he deserves his many accolades. His skills for someone of his size are rare, especially at this stage of his career. He has enormous length and can hold multiple positions. He is not not just an excellent and willing passer, but he can use his athleticism to get his own shot from all three levels of the floor.Like the others in this class, he has a winning history and is a formidable competitor.
According to ESPN, 247Sports and Rivals, the addition of Arkansas Black to the Razorback class starting last fall ranked Arkansas as the second-best recruiting class in the nation, behind Duke, and the No. 1 consensus class. of the SEC.
Black is the third McDonald’s All-American to sign with the Razorbacks this year, joining fellow 5-star Nick Smith Jr. and Jordan Walsh. Black also played with Smith on USA Basketball’s USA Nike Hoop Summit team and Black was selected to play in the Iverson Classic.
Black is a top 25 player by consensus — including a top #12 nationally on Sports Illustrated’s Top 99 Prospects list — and is ranked the No. 1 playmaker in the nation by 247Sports. He is also #5 on the 2023 NBA Mock Draft (#3 college player) by NBADraftRoom.com and #8 by NBADraft.net.
Black led Duncanville to the Texas 6A State Championship and he was named Finals MVP. The Panthers were 35-1 and were crowned the 2021-22 MaxPreps National Champions after finishing No. 1 in its last poll.
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- USA Basketball Team USA Nike Hoop Summit 2022 Member
- McDonald’s All American
- Selected for the Iverson Classic
- MaxPreps All-American (Honourable Mention)
- Jersey Mike Naismith High School Player of the Year Watch List
- #12 on the SI99 All-American List
- 247Sports (5 stars) — #14 nation / #1 PG
- ESPN (5 stars) – #15 nation / #8 SF
- Rivals (5 stars) – #19 nation / #5 SG
- 247Composite (5 stars) — #22 nation / #3 PG
- #5 on NBA Mock Draft 2023 (College Player #3) by NBADraftRoom.com and #8 by NBADraft.net
- Texas State’s No. 3 ranked player by ESPN and 247Sports (behind compatriot Jordan Walsh)
- Earned TABC All-State honors in 2022
- Led Duncanville to the 2022 Texas 6A State Championship… Named Texas 6A State Tournament MVP for scoring 17 points in the 69-49 win over McKinney
- 2022 District 11-6A Offensive Player of the Year
- Only played 15 regular season games as a senior due to transfer rules, but averaged 13.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.2 steals
- Duncanville was 35-1… In recent national polls, ranked No. 1 by MaxPreps, No. 2 in the SB Live/Sports Illustrated Power 25 and ESPN national rankings and No. 3 in the USA TODAY Sports Super 25
- Started his high school career at Coppell HS where he was a second-team all-round selection as a junior… Averaged 16.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2 steals per game
- Was also a 3-star rookie as a wide receiver receiving offers from Arkansas, Baylor and Texas, among others
- His father, Terry Black, is in the Baylor Sports Hall of Fame (2015) as the star of Bear’s basketball program.
Notes on the 2022 signing class:
- Highest-rated recruiting class in school history (#2 consensus in the nation and #1 consensus in the SEC)
- Only school with six players on the Sports Illustrated All-American SI99 and six ranked in the ESPN Top 100
- First time for Arkansas to sign two – much less three – 5 stars (Nick Smith Jr., Jordan Walsh and Anthony Black) in the same class
- In fact, Arkansas has only signed seven 5-stars since 2004, while Smith, Walsh and Black are the only three Razorback signers to rank in ESPN’s top 15 (dating back to 2007).
- Nick Smith Jr., Jordan Walsh and Anthony Black were McDonald’s All-Americans…Smith and Walsh were selected for the Jordan Brand Game and Black for the Iverson Classic
- Smith was one of 5 finalists for Naismith High School Player of the Year. Smith and Walsh were Naismith All-Americans while Walsh and Black were on the Naismith Player of the Year watch list.
- Arkansas had never had a class with at least four players in the ESPN top 100 until Eric Musselman arrived and his staff have now done so twice (Class of 2020 and Class of 2022).
- Since 2004, only four Arkansas recruiting classes have ranked in the top 10 and Musselman’s staff owns two of them – the class of 2020 was #5 ESPN / #9 247Sports and the class of 2022 ranks # 2 in ESPN, 247Sports and Rivals.
- Signed three MaxPreps State Players of the Year (Barry Dunning, Smith and Walsh) while Dunning and Darrian Ford were named state Gatorade Players of the Year for the second consecutive season.
- Duncanville (Black), Link Academy (Walsh) and North Little Rock (Smith) finished in the top 15 in national polls.
- Smith, Walsh and Black are all ranked top 25 prospects by ESPN and 247Sports Composite.
- The class includes three MaxPreps Players of the Year (Dunning, Smith and Walsh).
- The class includes three of their states’ top prospects (Dunning, Smith and Walsh).
- The class includes three state champions (Black, Ford and Smith).
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