Razorbacks Decade of Achievements
The last 10 years of Razorbacks basketball cannot be described as much higher than average. After one year of Pelphrey as HC, Mike Anderson holds 8 years out of the decade. Coach Musselman rounds out the field in this his first season with the Hogs. Under Anderson, the Hogs made it to the NCAA tournament only 3 times in 8 years. Only one appearance lasted longer than 2 rounds. This run came in 2015, Anderson’s best season that included Bobby Portis, Michael Qualls, Rashad Madden, and Moses Kingsley. These among others that just missed the cut for the all decade squads like Anthlon Bell, Anton Beard, and Jabril Durham. The Razorbacks have only seen the their name in the AP Poll twice in the last 10 years, reaching a peak at #18 during that same 2015 season. Thankfully, Coach Muss seems to have the Hogs trending in the right direction.
How the Teams Were Picked
Any player that played between 2010 and 2019 was eligible for this list. I selected the three players from each position I thought to be most deserving a spot on the roster. A poll was conducted on the OTH Arkansas twitter page with the option of nominating additional players as voters saw fit. See how they panned out below.
Razorbacks All-Decade First Team
PG – Daryl Macon (87%)
Macon came to Arkansas as a JUCO transfer for the 2016-17 season. Over his two year career, he averaged 15 ppg, 3 apg (1st among players on this list), 3 rpg, and 1 spg per game. He was a vital part of the team that lost a 5 point lead in the closing seconds to eventual National Champion UNC during the 2017 NCAA Tournament. Macon is now jockeying for playing time on a surprisingly good Miami Heat Squad.
SG – Dusty Hannahs (51%)
Hannahs was another JUCO transfer to prosper under Anderson. Hannahs is first among players on the all-decade teams in PPG with 15.4. He too was a major part of the near upset against the 2017 Tarheels. With his dazzling shooting, sneaky athleticism, and clean-cut appearance, Dusty was quick to become a favorite for Hog fans everywhere. He is currently dominating the G-League in hopes of landing a spot on an NBA roster.
SF – Michael Qualls (43%)
Qualls became famous for one thing: his incredible leaping ability. His twitter handle, Mr_WALKONAIR, speaks for itself. His high flying posters landed him on SportsCenter more than once during his three year tenure at Arkansas. None more impressive than his put-back slam at the buzzer to upset #13 Kentucky on his home floor in 2013-14. After tearing his ACL during an NBA workout, Qualls has played for multiple G-League teams, as well as a short venture overseas.
PF – Bobby Portis (92%)
Bobby was the Razorbacks’ highest rated recruit of the decade as a freshman during the 2013-14 season. His scoring and relentless hustle, along with his intense appearance, left no doubt that he would be an all-time fan favorite. During his two year Razorback career, Portis averaged 15-8-1-1-1. He was the best player on Arkansas’s deepest tournament push of the decade. Bobby earned his way into being a first round draft pick by the Chicago Bulls in the 2015 draft and currently plays for the struggling New York Knicks.
C – Daniel Gafford
As a senior in HS, Gafford led the nation in blocks per game with a whopping SEVEN per contest. This carried over to his Razorback career as he averaged the most BPG among all-decade players with 2.1 per game. His relentless finishing around the rim gave birth to a student section tradition of counting Gafford’s dunks. He finished both seasons at Arkansas with more total dunks than several SEC teams’ rosters. He is currently in his rookie season with Chicago Bulls, fighting for playing time in an overcrowded front court.
Razorbacks All-Decade Second Team
PG – Rashad Madden (11%) – 4 seasons, 8.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.8 apg, .7 spg, 0.2 bpg
SG – Isaiah Joe (34%) – 1.5 seasons, 14.8 ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.5 spg, 0.2 bpg
SF – Jaylen Barford (38%) – 2 seasons, 15.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.1 spg, 0.2 bpg
PF – Marshawn Powell (7%) – 4 seasons, 13.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.0 spg, 1.0 bpg
C – Moses Kingsley (10%) – 4 seasons, 8.8 ppg, 5.6 rpg, .8 apg, 0.6 spg, 1.9 bpg
There have been so many great and loveable Razorbacks players throughout the decade, it was very hard to choose only 10. Some memorable names left off this list include: Anthlon Bell, Anton Beard, Jabril Durham, Mason Jones, Adrio Bailey, Trey Thompson, and many more. An additional poll was conducted to determine who the biggest fan-favorite of the decade was. The options included Kikko Haydar (50%), Jonathan Holmes (27%), and Manny Watkins (23%). The entire state has a lot of love for everyone that has ever worn the Razorback cardinal and white across their chests. Here’s to another decade of Razorback greats! Woo Pig!
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