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Arkansas men’s basketball top 50 senior Jalen Shelley

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Arkansas men’s basketball top 50 senior Jalen Shelley

Arkansas landed its first recruit in the 2024 class on Monday, with top-50 senior Jalen Shelley announcing his commitment to the Razorbacks.

Shelley chose Eric Musselman’s program from a long list of schools that included Louisville, Ohio State, Texas A&M, LSU, Houston and others.

“I chose Arkansas because of their consistency and their belief in me,” he told ESPN. “Their plan for my development stood out to me. The way they analyzed everything statistically, down to the smallest detail. Their confidence in me led me to fully trust Coach Muss and the rest of the staff involved in the program.”

Shelley took an official visit to Arkansas last weekend, her second time on the Fayetteville campus after an unofficial trip last fall.

“During the visit, the way the coaches praised my potential and my chances of being great really moved me,” he said. “Everything that was said was very detailed and showed what they could do for a guy like me. I fit perfectly into their system, which also helped in my decision.”

A 6-foot-7 small forward from Frisco, Texas, who plays his high school ball at Link Year Prep (Missouri), Shelley is ranked No. 43 in the ESPN 100 for 2024. He is the No. 14 small forward from the country.

Shelley played in 21 games with Houston Hoops and Pro Skills on the Nike EYBL circuit this spring and summer, averaging 12.4 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists.

This is Arkansas’ first commitment in the 2024 class, as the Razorbacks look to land their third straight nationally ranked recruiting class. ESPN 100 prospects Isaiah Elohim, Rakease Passmore and Tre Johnson all have official visits planned to Arkansas, while top 30 Annor Boateng has already taken an official visit to Fayetteville.

Since the class of 2020, Musselman has recruited 14 high school players, all ranked in the ESPN 100.

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