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The Recruiting Guy:
5-star Flowers impressed by Musselman
Arkansas 5-star basketball target Trentyn Flowers (Credit Daniel Hall)
Class of 2024 5-star basketball prospect Trentyn Flowers said he is appreciative of University of Arkansas Coach Eric Musselman visiting his school Tuesday, and he plans to return the favor in the near future.
Since Sept. 9, the first day of the fall recruiting period, Razorbacks assistants Keith Smart, Gus Argenal and Anthony Ruta have also visited his school.
“To see Coach Muss come, it means a lot,” Flowers said. “He has a great program and I love what he has going on over there, especially with the guys he has this year like Anthony Black, Nick Smith, Jordan Walsh. I feel really blessed that someone of that caliber (would) just come out and watch me practice and be recruited by him, too.”
On Oct. 13, Flowers, 6-9, 195 pounds, of Lincolnton (N.C.) Combine Academy, narrowed his list of more than 40 scholarship offers to 13. Those programs include Arkansas, North Carolina, Kentucky, Louisville, Oklahoma, Kansas and Alabama, among others.
The Razorbacks’ success under Musselman and talent on campus help Flowers’ interest in the program. Musselman’s and his staff’s NBA experience, which he said believes can help him get to the highest level, is a plus, as well.
“They’re a championship-caliber team,” Flowers said. “I feel like he (Musselman) gets good talent. He does a great job of recruiting. Also, he came from the NBA being with the Sacramento Kings and the Golden State Warriors.”
On3.com rates Flowers as a 5-star recruit, the No. 1 small forward and No. 8 overall prospect in the nation in his class. He was a standout at the Peach Invitational Tournament in July after averaging 13.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.3 blocks in 4 games playing for Strive For Greatness.
“I see myself being a combo guard,” Flowers said. “Playing the 1 and 2, I can shoot the ball very well. I’m super athletic for my size, being 6-9 at the 2 guard. There’s a lot of mismatch problems. I can play inside and out, I also can play defense, too.
"I think overall I’m versatile. My goal is to be somebody like Paul George or Jayson Tatum.”
Arkansas’ recruiting efforts also find favor with him.
“I talk to Coach Muss a couple times a week now and also Coach Ruta and Coach Smart,” Flowers said. “Just the whole coaching staff does a great job of reaching out to me and filling me in about the program and just keeping in touch with me.”
Flowers has made unofficial visits to Georgetown, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Oklahoma this fall. He recently officially visited the Sooners and Louisville.
He is expected to officially visit Georgia State this weekend and Creighton the following weekend.
“I should be visiting Arkansas late November – November or December,” Flowers said. “I plan on getting out there soon; an unofficial, for sure.”
The down-to-earth, personable Flowers has been taught to be humble by his parents, and his conversations reflect that.
“My mom and dad have always taught me you’re never too good for anybody,” Flowers said. “I always try and be humble and make sure I’m doing the right things at all times. Growing up in my family, my mom and dad have really stressed that.
"They always taught me to respect everybody."
The way he handles himself reflects his upbringing.
“I just try to be a good role model for people and I know. I might have kids and even adults that look up to me, too,” said Flowers, who currently has a 3.9 grade point average. “I just try and be on my Ps and Qs at all times and make sure I’m good.”
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