Arkansas has already put together a loaded, six-man incoming class of freshmen, but transfer portal season has officially begun as Eric Musselman and the Razorbacks have bolstered the frontcourt with the addition of former Missouri forward Trevon Brazile.
One of the most intriguing prospects in the portal, Brazile 6-9, 215, quickly heard from the likes of Kentucky, Illinois, Oklahoma and others before ultimately choosing Arkansas as his next destination.
Brazile entered the portal on March 22, shortly after Missouri head coach Cuonzo Martin was relieved of his duties, a move that drew significant buzz after he posted 6.6 points on 53.4 percent shooting from the field and 33.3 percent from beyond the arc, 5.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in 21.6 minutes per game over 23 starts for the Tigers as a true freshman this past season.
In two games against Arkansas, Brazile averaged 5.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. He scored a season-high 15 points and pulled down eight boards in Missouri’s season finale at the SEC Tournament against LSU. Most of Brazile’s best games from a scoring standpoint came against the best competition as his other double-digit scoring nights came again against LSU and also in non-conference matchups against Kansas and Illinois.
The Springfield (Mo.) native will be able to continue playing close to home with Fayetteville (Ark.) located just over two hours down the road. Brazile starred at Parkview High School before transferring to Kickapoo for his senior season and helping lead them to a Missouri Class 6A state championship. Coming out of the 2021 class, he was a three-star prospect, ranked just outside of the 247Sports Top 150, but his stock has skyrocketed since.
Brazile has grown at least two inches, significantly filled out his frame and improved his perimeter jumper since then, which leads many to believe the long, athletic forward has the mobility, rim-protecting capabilities and offensive potential to develop into a legitimate NBA prospect. He will have three years of eligibility remaining.
Brazile becomes the latest addition to what can only be described as a treasure trove of newcomers for an Arkansas program that is clearly in reload, not rebuild, mode following consecutive trips to the Elite Eight. He joins the No. 2 incoming freshman class in the country that includes a trio of five-star, McDonald’s All-Americans in No. 6 ranked guard Nick Smith Jr. (North Little Rock, Ark.), No. 14 overall point guard Anthony Black (Duncanville, Texas) and No. 18 ranked Jordan Walsh (Cedar Hill, Texas).
In addition, the Razorbacks are welcoming three more top-100 freshmen in four-star, No. 57 ranked combo guard Derrian Ford (Magnolia, Ark.), four-star, No. 85 ranked small forward Barry Dunning (Mobile, Ala. ) and four-star, No. 88 ranked small forward Joseph Pinion (Morriton, Ark.).
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