Wichita State Transfer Ricky Council IV Friday announced his commitment to Arkansas. Council is the fifth transfer to commit to the Razorbacks in the 2022 cycle and joins a crop of 11 newcomers, including a high school signing class that ranks No. 2 in the 247Sports Team Composite recruiting rankings.
Council announced a final six May 4 consisting of the Razorbacks, Alabama, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, Kansas and Iowa State. The 6-foot-6 Council quickly became one of the most coveted players in the college basketball transfer portal and heard from programs like Illinois, Virginia Tech and NC State in addition to his top six. The AAC named Council Sixth Man of the Year in 2021-22 after averaging 12 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game on 43.7% shooting from the field, 30.6% from beyond the arc and 84.9% from the charity stripe for Wichita State. He shot 52% in the lane, but only 56% at the rim.
Council profiles as one of the elite defenders in the portal, grading out in the 87th percentile in overall defense, according to Synergy, and he swiped 1.1 steals per game.
From Durham (NC) Northern, Council was a three-star prospect and the No. 403 overall prospect in the Class of 2020. He chose Wichita State over scholarship offers from Appalachian State and Rice.
Council joins a loaded Arkansas transfer class highlighted by former Missouri forward Trevon Brazilwho received a 247Sports transfer grade of 92. The uber-athletic took on a starting role in his first season with the Tigers and flashed his defensive upside with 48 total blocks and 1.78 blocks per game, which ranked second in the SEC.
Arkansas coach Eric Musselman further bolstered the front court with a trio of big man transfers in Arizona State’s Jalen Graham and Rhode Island brothers Makhel and Mekhi Mitchell. All three hold transfer grades of 88, making them a high three-star prospect, and give quality depth if SEC All-Defensive team member Jaylin Williams elects to return. If Williams stays in the draft process, then Arkansas has a wealth of options to take his place with Graham, Brazile and the Mitchell brothers.
Arkansas also signed three top-20 prospects out of high school, highlighted by five-star guard Nick Smith. The 247Sports Composite ranks Smith, a North Little Rock (Ark.) High School product, as the No. 3 prospect nationally, no. 1 combo guard and no. 1 prospect in the state of Arkansas.
The Hogs also inked point guard Anthony Black, the No. 17 prospect nationally, and small forward Jordan Walsh, the No. 18 prospect nationally.
Isaac Trotter contributed to this report.