Arkansas freshman Bobby Portis celebrated his 19th birthday on Monday by being named the SEC's…
Arkansas freshmen: early look
Bobby Portis arrived in Fayetteville with immense credentials. Named the Arkansas player of the year as a senior, the 6-10 big man showcased his prodigious talent both locally and on the national travel circuit. And although he's adjusting to the rigors of college competition, Portis has started every game thus far for Mike Anderson's program and is contributing meaningfully. Through five games, Portis has amassed nine points and four rebounds per contest. Those aren't jaw-dropping numbers — and he's too talented to shoot only 43 percent from the floor — but his promise is obvious. His lack of polish hasn't come as a surprise, given that he's more comfortable facing the basket but physically has the body of a center. He does possess a soft shooting touch, however, and with his athleticism and length he ultimately should be able to build a synchronized scoring attack. Interestingly, Portis was a skinny kid in high school, ranging anywhere from 200-215 pounds. But Arkansas lists him at 242, a significant gain since his prep days. That's likely close to his ideal weight, so unlike many of his peers he shouldn't have to add much greater bulk. The other freshman, Moses Kingsley, also boasts an advanced physique. He arguably was the best shotblocker in the 2013 class and gained a great deal of exposure last season playing with Andrew Wiggins at Huntington Prep, but he hasn't yet solidified big minutes for the Razorbacks. Kingsley will need to become more effective as a scorer in order to gain more playing time, but he's likely always to be known primarily as a defensive player. Though not a 2013 recruit, the Hawgs also feature forward Alandise Harris. The Houston transfer sat out last year and has been one of Arkansas' best players so far this year, giving them three talented frontcourt newcomers.
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