Arkansas Razorbacks Anderson looks on as his team takes on the LSU Tigers during the first round of the SEC men's NCAA basketball tournament in New Orleans

2013 center Moses Kingsley verbally commits to Arkansas

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Things may not be going too well for Arkansas on the gridiron, but the basketball program received some good news on Saturday as 2013 center Moses Kingsley committed to the SEC school according to multiple outlets.

Kingsley, who plays at Huntington Prep in West Virginia, is a 6-9 big man who runs the floor well and was compared to current Louisville big man Gorgui Dieng by Huntington Prep head coach Rob Fulford.

Kingsley’s commitment moves the number for Mike Anderson’s program to two, as they already held a commitment from power forward Bobby Portis.

Kingsley and Portis both played for the Arkansas Wings AAU program, helping to lead the Wings to a spot in the EYBL Finals at the Nike Peach Jam.

In five games in North Augusta, Kingsley led the way with 13.6 points, 8.4 rebounds and 4.0 blocked shots per contest.

Adding Kingsley to the 2013 incoming class gives Arkansas two mobile front court players that will fit well into the “40 Minutes of Hell” system that Anderson is looking to revive in Fayetteville.

And if everyone that will have eligibility remaining in 2013 returns, Kingsley and Portis would be joining a rather talented program next fall.

Guard B.J. Young was one of the best freshmen in the SEC last season, but due in large part to the presence of Kentucky dominant freshman class he was somewhat overshadowed nationally.

In fact, Arkansas doesn’t have a single senior on their 2012-13 roster so in addition to Young there’s also guards Mardracus Wade, Rickey Scott and Rashad Madden in addition to forward Marshawn Powell due to return in 2013.

Houston transfer Alandise Harris, who averaged 11.5 points and 5.9 rebounds for the Cougars last season, will be eligible to play in 2013 as well.

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Clemson lands 2017 guard

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Clemson landed a quality commitment on Tuesday as Class of 2017 guard A.J. Oliver committed to the Tigers. The son of Clemson women’s head coach Audra Smith, Oliver is regarded as a three-star prospect, according to Rivals, although some others view him as a top-100 caliber player.

The 6-foot-4 Oliver attends nearby Daniel High School and should have some time to get acclimated with the players and coaches before he sets foot on campus. A versatile guard who plays hard, Oliver showed that he can make plays with the ball in his hands this summer with the Upward Stars.

Oliver is Clemson’s first commitment in the Class of 2017 and it’s a strong start for head coach Brad Brownell.

Arizona’s Tarczewski out 4-to-6 weeks

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Arizona will be without senior center Kaleb Tarczewski for 4-to-6 weeks, the school announced on Tuesday. The 7-foot Tarczewski suffered a stress reaction and strained muscle to his left foot and he’ll have some time to heal before the main portion of the Pac-12 conference schedule.

The experienced Tarczewski was averaging 8.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game before going down with injury. Without the senior in the lineup, Arizona fell to Providence in the Wooden Legacy last week. Without Tarczewski in the lineup, the Wildcats could turn to center Dusan Ristic while forward Ryan Anderson has had some solid outings this season.

Missing Tarczewski for the rest of non-conference play will hurt but he’ll get to rest and recover for the stretch run while the Wildcats can mix in some new frontcourt pieces.