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Razorback Sports Network brings in two former Arkansas players

As analysts of the 2017-18 campaign, Razorback Sports Analyst will introduce Manuale Watkins and Kikko Haydar to make their broadcasting debut. Watkins will be taking the television mantle as the Women’s basketball season commences with Haydar following plugging in his microphone. Two SEC Network plus games will be called by both Watkins and Haydar with the former doing it on November 10 and 17, and the latter on December 5 and 19.

Watkins enjoyed a decent career with four letterwinner titles to his name and took Arkansas to two NCAA Tournament Appearances under head coach and father, Melvin Watkins. Haydar played in a 4-year stint for the Arkansas and made professional appearances in a solitary overseas season.

 


Jahlil Okafor in no man’s land

It has to be said that Jahlil Okafor is enduring an irritating and mentally exhaustive period and his ties with Philadelphia 76ers been severed a long time ago. Philadelphia shows no sign of including the third-year forward, and Jahlil has expressed to be traded or bought out. Isaiah Thomas empathized with Jahlil and said that he should be shipped off somewhere else to showcase his talent. Coach Brett Brown has made a resounding statement and said that the forward is not even on the squad rotation list let alone play second fiddle to Joel Embiid. He is far down the pecking order and trails Richaun Holmes. Jahlil played in one out of nine games and will be shipped as a free agent by the end of this season. Sixers did not go ahead with his 4th-year option.

Okafor is ready to ply his trade anywhere and everywhere but for Philadelphia. The 21-year old shot to fame when he took Blue Devils to the NCAA National Championship. A solitary season at Duke saw his name on the first-team All-America selection. He shot up to third place in the 2015 draft, but his relation with the team has gone downhill since then. However, the Sixers have made it clear that Okafor would not be going anywhere as a free agent, and will be looking to make the most out of his transfer.

 


Kristaps Porzingis hand the Knicks a well fought victory

Kristaps Porzingis helped Knicks cover a 19 point deficit, and win 108-101 after scoring a career-high 40 points. Porzingis is showing red-hot form and oozes confidence everytime he is on the ball. He made a ferocious impact by securing 24 points in 13 minutes, after reducing the deficit to 10 points in the opening seconds of the fourth. Oladipo cut the gap to three points with 32 seconds in hand but saw all hopes vanish as Lance Thomas’s free throws made it 106-101.

 


 

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