Layden Blocker, No. 28 recruit in 2023 ESPN 100 college basketball rankings, commits to Arkansas Razorbacks

Guard Layden Blocker, the No. 28 recruit on the ESPN 100 for 2023, announced his commitment to Arkansas Saturday, becoming the Razorbacks’ first commitment in the class.

Blocker visited the Fayetteville and Arkansas campuses in early June and was considered a huge favorite for the weekend.

“They have a winning culture in basketball and other sports,” Blocker told ESPN. “Coach Muss trained in the NBA and he has an NBA style of play. He’s a cool guy off the court. He’s intense on the court. My goal is to play in the NBA.”

Blocker is the 12th ESPN 100 prospect to sign for Arkansas in the country since Eric Musselman’s first full recruiting course in 2020.

“When I attended her practices, it was intense and energetic,” Blocker said. “I liked the atmosphere. When I visited, they gave a detailed breakdown of my game and that was impressive.”

Blocker, a 6-foot-2 point guard from Little Rock who plays at Sunrise Christian Academy (Kansas), is the #7 point guard in the 2023 ESPN 100 rankings. In 13 games with Brad Beal Elite on of the Nike EYBL Circuit During the spring, Blocker averaged 16.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists.

He’s a quick point guard who’s best on the open court, putting pressure on defenses from dribbling. Blocker has a great transition burst and can finish on the edge or find the open man. He has a capable jumper from deep and quickly improves with his ability to slow down and navigate ball screens. Blocker is also a strong defender on the ball and has excellent lateral speed.

https://www.espn.com/recruiting/basketball/story/_/id/34148334/layden-blocker-no-28-recruit-2023-espn-100-college-basketball-rankings-commits-arkansas-razorbacks Layden Blocker, No. 28 recruit in 2023 ESPN 100 college basketball rankings, commits to Arkansas Razorbacks

Emma Bowman

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