Take a little break from the tedious coaching search (Les Miles?) for some positive news from the Hogs' basketball team.
Sports Illustrated senior writer Luke Winn named Junior Mardracus Wade the to his list of the "Top 16 Shooters" in college hoops earlier this week.
No. 16 may not sound too impressive. Put it into perspective. There are over 5,200 Division I players.
As a sophomore, the 6-foot-2, 176-pound guard averaged 10.8 points per game while improving his three-point shooting percentage by 27 percent from his freshman year, in which he was the only freshman to play all 31 games. He also led the team in minutes, three-pointers made, taken and percentage, free throw percentage and steals.
So far this season he leads Arkansas in minutes played, has averaged 8.2 points per game, and is shooting 40 percent from beyond the arc.
The Memphis native was also recognized by Bleacher Report as the country's No. 3 "pure shooter" and No. 12 overall, while Lindy's Sports preview has him as the SEC's best shooter.
Here is the "gym rat" at Media Days, who decided to not go home this summer to work on his all-around game:
Also of note from Winn's list was his No. 1 selection, Arkansas transfer Rontei Clarke. You may have heard Clarke's name quite a bit recently because of his performance in the early-season Maui Invitational Tournament. In Hawaii, he led Butler with 21 points per game, was 14-33 from the three-point line and was named to the all-tournament team. Clarke also pulled off this ridiculous game-winner against Marquette.
Maybe the a dearth of talent John Pelphrey appeared to have had more to do with who was calling the plays and holding the whistle during practice, but we all knew that.