Paul Boyd is a sports reporter for the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He was voted Arkansas Sportswriter of the Year in 2018.
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Arkansas' Jersey Wolfenbarger (24) drives around an Arkansas-Fort Smith defender during an exhibition game Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, in Fayetteville.
HOMETOWN Little Rock
HIGH SCHOOL Little Rock Central High School
LAST SEASON: Averaged 7.7 points and 4.6 rebounds in a little more than 16 minutes per game off the bench
THE SKINNY: Barnum has been productive off the bench each of her first two seasons, but could see her role continue to increase this season. … Led the Razorbacks in blocked shots in each of the last two seasons despite not starting. … Scored career-high 17 points in win over Louisiana-Monroe last season. … Notched her second career double-double against Arkansas-Pine Bluff a year ago.
HOMETOWN Frederick, Md.
HIGH SCHOOL Frederick High School
LAST SEASON: Averaged 11.6 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists and a team-best 1.5 steals.
THE SKINNY: Daniels begins her third season having started 60 consecutive games as a Razorbacks. … Will be counted on even more this season as a floor leader with just one senior on the roster. … Helped key a fourth-quarter comeback at Auburn with nine straight points as Arkansas rallied to win. … Scored in double figures in 19 games last season, including a season-high of 21 against Maryland after averaging just 9.3 points per game as a freshman.
HIGH SCHOOL Springdale High School
LAST SEASON: Averaged 4.6 points, 2.1 rebounds and nearly 1 steal and 12 minutes per game.
THE SKINNY: Davis broke through to play valuable minutes off the bench a year ago and that role could increase even more this season. … Registered a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds to go with a career-high five steals against Oral Roberts last season. … Scored a career-high 15 points twice last season, but also came up bit in the Razorbacks’ historic wins over Baylor and Connecticut.
HOMETOWN: Helena-West Helena
HIGH SCHOOL Nettleton High School
LAST SEASON: Redshirted last season because of a knee injury.
THE SKINNY: Named the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Player of the Year following her senior season after helping lead Nettleton High School to a state co-championship and averaging 23.9 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. … Rated as the No. 9 guard and No. 38 overall senior in the country by ESPNW. … Chose Arkansas over Ole Miss, LSU, Southern California and North Carolina State.
HIGH SCHOOL Bentonville High School
LAST SEASON: Averaged 1.7 points and appeared in seven games.
THE SKINNY: Put on scholarship this year after walking on and should provide depth off the bench at the guard spot. … Finished her high school career as Bentonville’s second-leading scorer and set single-game records for points (34) and free throws made (20).
HOMETOWN Del City, Okla.
HIGH SCHOOL Christian Heritage High School
LAST SEASON: Averaged 1.2 points and 1.1 rebounds in 13 games.
THE SKINNY: Langerman is expected to see increased minutes off the bench this season. … Named the Daily Oklahoman’s Little All City Player of the Year after leading Christian Heritage to the state championship game as a senior. … Averaged 21.5 points per game in her senior season in high school, a jump of eight points per game from the previous season. …
HOMETOWN Burnsville, Minn.
HIGH SCHOOL Academy of Holy Angels
LAST SEASON: Averaged 0.8 points and 1.3 rebounds in 12 games.
THE SKINNY: Will provide depth inside for the Razorbacks. … Rated as the No. 38 overall recruit in the country for the 1019 class by Prospect Nation.
HOMETOWN Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
HIGH SCHOOL St. Thomas Aquinas High School
LAST SEASON: Led her high school to a state title as a senior and rated as the No. 72 overall recruit by Blue Star at the time of her signing.
THE SKINNY: Spencer should provide depth at the point guard spot behind Makayla Daniels. … Helped lead her high school teams to a pair of state titles and a berth in the finals as a sophomore.
HIGH SCHOOL Fayetteville High School
LAST SEASON: Averaged 11.6 and 3.6 rebounds in starting every game for Oregon State
THE SKINNY: Goforth, a McDonald’s All American at Fayetteville High School, decided to transfer back to her hometown after a stellar freshman season at Oregon State. … Garnered All-Pac 12 Freshman Team honors. … Rated as the No. 21 overall player in the 2020 class by ESPN. … Earned Arkansas Gatorade Player of the Year honors as a junior in high school.
HOMETOWN Weatherford, Okla.
HIGH SCHOOL Weatherford High School
LAST SEASON: Led the state of Oklahoma in three-point percentage and free-throw percentage.
THE SKINNY: Rated as the No. 84 overall recruit in Premier Basketball’s 2021 rankings. … Should provide depth for the Razorbacks off the bench.
HOMETOWN Fort Smith
HIGH SCHOOL Fort Smith Northside High School
LAST SEASON: Led the Lady Bears to a state title and averaged 19 points, 8.8 rebounds, 3.4 assits and 1.7 blocked shots during her senior season.
THE SKINNY: Wolfenbarger was a consensus five-star recruit and earned McDonald’s All American honors. … Named the No. 7 overall recruit, and No. 1 wing player in the ESPN HoopGurlz 2021 recruiting rankings at the time of her signing. … She’s one of the more versatile players in the country despite her size, which makes her a matchup nightmare. … Was part of Team USA’s U-19 team, which earned a gold medal for winning the World Cup over the summer. … Twice earned the Arkanss Gatorade Player of the Year honor.
HIGH SCHOOL Bentonville High School
LAST SEASON: Averaged 17 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocked shots while shooting 61.5 percent from the floor before suffering a season-ending knee injury late in her senior season. … Left Bentonville High School as the all-time leading scorer, rebounder and shot-blocker.
THE SKINNY: Dauda initially signed with Baylor but chose to transfer to Arkansas before ever playing for the Bears after coach Kim Mulkey chose to leave to go to LSU. … Earned McDonald’s All American honors and was rated as the No. 13 and top-ranked post player in ESPN Hoop Gurlz 2021 recruiting rankings at the time of her signing. …
HOMETOWN Ada, Okla.
HIGH SCHOOL Vanoss High School
LAST SEASON: Averaged 13.4 points and 6.8 rebounds and led her high school team to the Class A state finals.
THE SKINNY: Ellis should provide quality depth off the bench. … Named as the No. 48 overall recruit in the ASGR 2021 recruiting rankings. … Earned all-conference honors four times. … Led the state of Oklahoma in rebounds and blocked shots in 2018.
HOMETOWN San Antonio
HIGH SCHOOL Wagner High School
LAST SEASON: Averaged 13.5 points per game, along with 2.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.1 steals per game and hit 77 three-pointers, which ranks eighth in program history.
THE SKINNY: Ramirez will be counted on to provide valuable leadership as the lone senior on the roster. … Ranks among the best three-point shooters in school history as she owns two of the top single-season three-point shooting percentages and has the single-season school record for three-pointers made with 106 two years ago. … Exploded on senior day, scoring a career-high 35 points and hit 8 of 14 shots from three-point range. … Transferred to Arkansas after playing two seasons at TCU. … Has surpassed 1,000 career points. … Earned McDonald’s All American honors in high school.
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