Little Rock native point guard Layden Blocker has committed to the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Announcing Saturday, as the No. 28 recruit in the ESPN 100 class for 2023. This makes him the first commitment to the Razorbacks from the class for 2023 after touring the campus earlier this month. Blocker is just the 12th ESPN 100 prospect to commit to Arkansas since Eric Musselman’s first full recruiting class in 2020.
The news is incredibly positive for Arkansas which continues a historic 2022 cycle for Arkansas recruiting, in which the Hogs landed three McDonald’s All-Americans for the first time in program history (Nick Smith Jr., Anthony Black, Jordan Walsh), on top of three four-star signees (Barry Dunning, Derrian Ford, Joseph Pinion.)
The 6-foot-2, 175-pound point guard is rated as the No. 29 player in the country per the 247Sports Composite rankings, which also lists Blocker as the No. 5 point guard in the country in the 2023 class.
Currently playing point guard out of Sunrise Christian Academy in Bel Aire, Kansas Blocker’s commitment comes just a little less than a month after an official visit to Arkansas, picking the Hogs over offers from schools like Kansas, Baylor and Auburn.