Arkansas nabs No. 5 men’s basketball recruit in the state

FAYETTEVILLE — The Arkansas Razorbacks men’s basketball program announced Tuesday Gabe Osabuohien from Toronto, Canada signing a National Letter of Intent to join the Hogs for the 2017-18 season.

“We are excited to add Gabe to what is already a strong class,” said Arkansas Razorbacks men’s basketball head coach Mike Anderson. “Even though he is originally from Toronto, he has lived in Arkansas for a year, so he knows what it means to be a Razorback.”

The 6-8 prospect is ranked No. 5 in the state of Arkansas and No. 63 in the country as a small forward according to Osabuohien played his high school ball at Southwest Christian Academy in Little Rock where he averaged 11 points, seven rebounds, and four assists per game. Southwest Christian went 31-2 and advanced to the NACA National Championships.

In AAU ball, Osabuohien averaged 12 points and eight rebounds as a junior with Grassroots Canada before joining Team Loaded North Carolina on the Adidas Circuit the past two seasons.

Osabuohien is the fourth player from Arkansas to join the Hogs for 2017-18. The other three players are freshmen Daniel Gafford, Darious Hall and Khalil Garland, who already caused ESPN to rank Arkansas as having a top-20 recruiting class in the 2017 off-season.

Said Anderson: “He is a high-energy player with a lot of potential and we look forward to seeing him grow as a player in our program. Gabe is a selfless player that makes everyone around him better and he will be a perfect fit for our system.”

The Hogs went 26-10 in 2016-17, including berths in the SEC Tournament Championship game and advancing as far as the Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament. Arkansas lost seniors Dusty Hannahs and Moses Kingsley, but appear to be reloading the magazine with talent such as Osabuohien joining the Razorbacks up on the hill in Fayetteville.

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