Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
By ADAM ZAGORIA
Arkansas coach Eric Musselman loves to build through the transfer portal, and this year is no exception.
Arkansas on Wednesday landed a pledge from Miami transfer Chris Lykes, who chose the Razorbacks over Southern Cal. The 5-foot-7 senior guard averaged 15.5 points, 5.5 assists and 4.0 rebounds last season for the Hurricanes.
“I will be going to Arkansas to play for coach Muss,” Lykes told ZAGSBLOG before his public announcement.
“Honestly the love shown from the staff after entering the portal was unmatched. They showed me exactly where I would fit in, what they expect of me and also where they can help me improve. Earl Boykins is also on staff and I shouldn’t have to explain why that’s huge for me. I told coach I’m a great recruiter so if he needs me to I will.”
Lykes scored scored 2,266 points at Gonzaga High School in Washington, D.C, earning Washington Catholic Athletic Conference player of the year honors as a junior and senior.
His commitment comes about a week after Musselman added another former ACC player in Pitt transfer guard Au’diese Toney, who chose Arkansas over Texas A&M, Missouri, Georgia, Tennessee, Arizona, Providence, Vanderbilt, Connecticut, Wisconsin and Iowa State, among others.
Arkansas is also involved for Oregon transfer Chandler Lawson and was slated to have a Zoom call with him Wednesday. The 6-8 Lawson averaged 4.4 points and 3.0 rebounds as a sophomore this past season.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.