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The Recruiting Guy:
Musselman offers 2 in-state '26 prospects
Arkansas coach Eric Musselman is shown during a practice Wednesday, March 22, 2023, in Las Vegas.
Arkansas coach Eric Musselman extended offers to two in-state 2026 prospects.
Maumelle guard Jacob Lanier and Little Rock Christian guard JJ Andrews picked up offers from the Razorbacks.
Lanier (6-5, 170 pounds) also has scholarship offers from Texas Tech, California, Arizona State, TCU, Ole Miss and Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Talking to Musselman and hearing he had an offer was a special moment.
“That was dream come true, really. I see him on TV and see him in March Madness,” Lanier said.
Lanier, who is friends with former Razorback and current Golden State Warrior guard Moses Moody, has grown up watching the Razorbacks.
“I’ve had a lot of great friends and family that went to Arkansas, like Moses Moody. Having Moses Moody as a guide to all this really helps,” Lanier said.
He was named the Nike EYBL Offensive Player of Session 2 in Phoenix after averaging 19.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 3 steals per game while playing for the 15-under LivOn Basketball Club based in Louisiana.
He also shot 50% from the field and 35.7% beyond the three-point line.
Lanier was the only freshman named to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Underclassmen Team after averaging 15.4 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists for the Hornets. He shot 41% from two-point range, 31.7% from three and 73.5% at the free throw line.
Andrews (6-5, 205) also had offers from Missouri, Ole Miss and UAPB.
Andrews is the son of former Arkansas offensive line great and NFL two-time Pro Bowl selection Shawn Andrews and Janetta Andrews, who played basketball at Western Carolina.
He appreciated Musselman extending the offer.
“I felt like I was dreaming or something,” Andrews said. “He was talking about he liked my play style, and after we got from the introduction he offered and I was like, 'Wow.' I couldn’t even talk, really, because I was star struck, because that’s been a dream of mine get the offer.
“My dad attended the University of Arkansas and just to be able to receive that offer is very amazing and surreal.”
He averaged 16.6 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1.5 steals and 1 block per game to help the Warriors to the Class 4A title as a freshman.
He named to the second team Arkansas Democrat-Gazette All Arkansas Preps while being the only freshman on the team. ESPN rates him a 5-star recruit, the No. 1 shooting guard and No. 8 overall prospects in the nation in his class.
The left-handed Andrews averaged 18.9 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2 blocked shots playing for the 14-under Bradley Beal Elite program last year.
He is averaging 15.8 points and 3.8 rebounds, and is shooting 59.3% from the field, 45.5% beyond the three-point line and 75.6% at the free throw line for the 15-under Bradley Beal squad this spring.
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