Tuesday night we got our second look at Mike Anderson’s Hogs at the annual Red-White game. The Red, and celebrity coaches Shawn Arnell and Pat Bradley, posted a comfortable 85-75 win in front of about 1,000 fans.
Every time we see this bunch we are impressed by different players. Tuesday it was freshman guard Anthlon Bell, who stole the show pumping in 19 points including five 3-pointers.
Bell was money (5-for-8 on 3s) from the field, and while he doesn’t handle the ball quite as well as fellow freshman guard DeQuavious Wagner, Anthlon can flat out stroke it from deep. As the game went on, it turned into a lot of dribble-drive and dish, with Bell taking advantage and showing he’s ready to contribute.
As much as we would like to make every game a track meet, the Hogs are going to get into some half court games, and you can always use shooters to take some of the pressure off. Anthlon might be one of those guys.
Bell and the other newcomers definitely looked more comfortable in their second outing in front of the home crowd.
“Some guys are starting to separate themselves,” Anderson said. “It was supposed to be a fun night and it gives us some nice feedback. Guys will come back much improved. I’m encouraged with some of the play.”
Rashad Madden had a nice game, leading the Red team in assists, while adding 6 points and 10 rebounds. Rashad looks like he is going to be “the fixer’ of this group. Whatever the Hogs need at that moment Madden can deliver – whether it’s defense, ball handling, rebounding, clutch free throw shooting – Ky looks like the fixer.
Lights out as usual, B.J. Young scored 28 points to lead all scorers. Young looks unstoppable in the open court so far - just faster than anyone else down the court and to the hoop.
The most improved of the holdovers from last year’s squad might be Hunter Mickelson. Mickelson seems to be more aggressive in looking to score, something the Hogs need from him in his second year. Hunter had a double-double last night (20 points, 10 rebs, 7 blocks)…the first of many we hope.
The Razorback’s will be back in action on Friday as they face Southwest Baptist in an exhibition game at 7 p.m. at Bud Walton Arena.