Arkansas needed more height after last year’s 20-win season and Eric Musselman helped that a little Wednesday landing New Mexico forward Vance Jackson, who announced it via Twitter.
— VanceJackson (@VanceJackson1) April 1, 2020
Adrio Bailey ran out of eligibility when the postseason was cancelled after one win in the SEC Tournament in March and Jackson will be an upgrade there, at least in adding some length.
Jackson, a Top 100 recruit when he came out of high school in 2016, is three inches taller than Bailey at 6-foot-9.
This is not his first time moving.
He started his career at Connecticut as a composite four-star recruit out of Bellflower, California, a suburb of Los Angeles before transferring to New Mexico after just one season.
Jackson started 21-of-32 games at UConn, averaging 8.1 points per game in 26.1 minutes per game. He was 40.9 percent from the field, 39.7 percent on three’s and 67.6 percent from the free throw line and had 3.8 rebounds per game. Jackson was named Rookie of the Week in the All-American Conference on two occasions.
After sitting out a season following his transfer played in all 32 games (18 starts) and was named to the Mountain West all-tournament team playing against Musselman’s team at Nevada.
Jackson averaged 25.5 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals per game and was the first player in Mountain West history to earn a spot on the all-tournament team without advancing past the quarterfinals.
As a junior, Jackson became a full-time starter for the Lobos and averaged 11.1 points per game with 5.3 rebounds per game, fourth on the team in points per game and second in rebounds per game.
He will be a graduate transfer with the Hogs and immediately available.