Razorback freshmen cleared from medical issues

By: Jimmy Carter
Published: Monday, June 26, 2017
Khalil Garland
Khalil Garland

— Incoming Arkansas freshmen Khalil Garland and Daniel Gafford are cleared and going through offseason workouts after dealing with medical issues in their first month on campus, coach Mike Anderson said during Monday's SEC basketball teleconference.

Garland, a Little Rock Parkview prospect rated a four star and the No. 56 player in the nation by ESPN, didn't immediately pass his physical after arriving in Fayetteville, but has been cleared after undergoing a series of medical tests. Anderson declined to discuss the specifics of the tests.

"Just extensive tests," Anderson said. "... One of the things we make sure, we test these guys, overly test them just to make sure, especially during the summer months.

"Guys coming to this level, they've never had the chance to go through the activities we put these guys through, so we want to make sure once they do come up here they're ready to go through the various workouts. And so that's what it is with Khalil. It's precaution, that's all."

Arkansas.247.com first reported the news of a potential Garland medical issue earlier this month.

Gafford, a four-star prospect ranked the No. 45 player in the nation by ESPN, arrived in Fayetteville shortly after suffering a meniscus injury while still in his hometown of El Dorado. He is also going through offseason workouts.

"Daniel's doing fine," Anderson said. "... Probably just some things that he's got to strengthen those muscles in his legs. He's been at a high level here of really getting good treatment, but he's fine."

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