Lit­tle Rock Parkview ju­nior guard Allen Flani­gan at­tract­ing at­ten­tion.


Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - SPORTS - RICHARD DAVEN­PORT rdav­en­port@arkansason­

LAS VE­GAS — Three mem­bers of the 17-un­der Arkansas Hawks, all com­mit­ted to the Univer­sity of Arkansas, Fayet­teville, are ex­pected to sign with the Ra­zor­backs in Novem­ber, and a fourth is plan­ning to en­roll a year later.

Guards Isa­iah Joe, 6-4, 170, of Fort Smith North­side and Desi Sills, 6-1, 170 of Jones­boro, along with for­ward Ethan Hen­der­son, 6-9, 190, of Lit­tle Rock Parkview, ended their Hawk ca­reers on Satur­day.

Jus­tice Hill, 5-10, 160, who will be a ju­nior at Lit­tle Rock Chris­tian, said he has plans to en­roll at Arkansas in Jan­uary of 2019.

But even as these four move into col­lege, the 17-un­der Hawks will con­tinue to be scouted by the Hogs and other col­leges, with more tal­ent flow­ing through the ranks.

Mar­ion ju­nior for­ward Tim Ceasers, 6-8½, 205 pounds, joined the 16-un­der Hawks for the last two sum­mer eval­u­a­tion pe­ri­ods, July 19-23 and July 26-30, and was a ma­jor rea­son the Hawks made the Sweet 16 of the Adi­das Sum­mer Cham­pi­onships on Satur­day.

Arkansas coaches at­tended three of six games the Hawks played in Las Ve­gas. Mis­souri was at five games while Michi­gan, LSU, SMU, Iowa State Univer­sity of Arkansas Lit­tle Rock and Arkansas State Univer­sity were also seen watch­ing the Hawks.

“It’s amaz­ing,” Ceasers said. “It feels good be­cause you have to go out and play your hard­est and maybe get an of­fer from one of them.”

Ceasers is draw­ing in­ter­est from Arkansas, Kansas State, Ge­or­gia Tech, Bay­lor and oth­ers. But if the Hogs ex­tend a schol­ar­ship of­fer, he plans to com­mit.

“Got to stay home man,” Ceasers said. “I’m just a kid from Mar­ion that wants to stay home.”

Ceasers said his home­town would em­brace him go­ing to Arkansas.

“It would mean a lot be­cause I would be the first one to go to like a ma­jor DI school,” Ceasers said.

Ceasers said he has been told by doc­tors that he is still grow­ing.

“They said 6-10,” Ceasers said.

Lit­tle Rock Parkview ju­nior guard Allen Flani­gan, 6-4, 185, has at­tracted at­ten­tion from Arkansas, Mis­souri, Kansas State, Stan­ford and Ohio State.

“I like to try and get to the bas­ket,” Flani­gan said. “I can shoot the three and midrange and play defense.”

Flani­gan, who has gained 8 inches in height in a span of two years, said he hasn’t had trou­ble ad­just­ing to his growth spurt.

“I’ve been in the weight room a lot try­ing to get big­ger, stronger, faster,” Flani­gan said.

Hawks Chair­man Bill In­gram has a sim­ple re­ply when col­lege coaches ask if him if Flani­gan, the son of UALR Coach Wes Flani­gan, is a lock to play for his father.

“This is the eas­i­est role I’ve had in re­cruit­ing,” In­gram said. “When they call me about him and they ask the ques­tions, I lis­ten to the ques­tion and I say talk to his dad.”

Flani­gan said peo­ple ask him the same ques­tion.

“They al­ways laugh and joke about it, ‘You go­ing to your dad’s school?’ ” Flani­gan said. “I just tell them my game will de­cide that.”

Bap­tist Prep ju­nior guard Isaac McBride, 6-1, 185, has in­ter­est from Ok­la­homa, Arkansas State, Ole Miss, Mis­souri, Wi­chita State and oth­ers. He has a schol­ar­ship of­fer from UALR.

McBride joined the Hawks for the 3 Stripes Al­liance tour­na­ment on July 20-23 in St. Charles, Mo. McBride said In­gram urged him to fo­cus on his on-ball defense and tough­ness.

“Coach In­gram has been push­ing me,” McBride said. “He’s been chal­leng­ing me since St. Louis. I was ter­ri­ble de­fen­sively and then I kept pro­gress­ing and kept pro­gress­ing, and now I’m just try­ing to be able to guard fast, quick guards and long guards, so when I get to DI I’m not sur­prised.”

“I have to be able to guard at that level, and I have to be more con­sis­tent from three.”

McBride, who re­ports a 3.5 grade point av­er­age as a sopho­more, said he plans to ma­jor in com­mu­ni­ca­tions so he can go into broad­cast­ing and talk about fu­ture play­ers.

“I want to be able to talk about the play­ers that are able to do what I used to do,” he said.

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