Eric Musselman has done it again. Coming off a season that exceeded expectations given his limited roster, Muss has almost instantly morphed this roster into a contender. Former Indiana Hoosier, Justin Smith is the latest grad transfer to hop on the Muss Bus. He has started 64 games in the last two seasons, including all 32 in 2019-20. In his most recent season, Smith averaged 10.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, 0.9 assists, and 1.0 steals while shooting nearly 54% from the field.
Standing at 6’7, Smith becomes yet another long and versatile defender at Musselman’s disposal on the new-look Hogs. He has proven himself as a capable in pesky defender during his three seasons with the Hoosiers. Smith will join Vance Jackson (6’9 F, New Mexico) and Jalen Tate (6’6 G, Northern Kentucky) as the third graduate transfer to join the Hogs for the 2021 season. All three players are tall, lengthy, and possess more versatility than Arkansas fans should be used to. Most importantly, they’re all immediately eligible.
The addition of Smith gives Arkansas 15 active players, 14 of which are set to be under scholarship. This becomes an issue considering teams are only allowed 13 scholarship players per year. Make no mistake, this is a fantastic grab for the Hogs, but keep an eye open for someone else to be on their way out before the season starts.