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Musselman inks three stellar players out of NCAA transfer portal

Stanley Umude

Stanley Umude, a three-time All-Summit League selection who scored over 1,500 career points at South Dakota, will join the Arkansas men’s basketball program next season, head coach Eric Musselman announced.

Umude (pronounced UH-Moo-day) played four seasons with the Coyotes, was tabbed first team All-Summit League twice (2021 and 2019) and earned second team all-league honors in 2020.

Eric Musselman

“We are excited to welcome Stanley to the Razorback family,” Musselman said. “He brings great versatility and was extremely well-coached at South Dakota by Todd Lee. He has a lot of experience and has a winning background. We feel the addition of Stanley and Au’Diese (Toney) on the wings will give us the ability to play position-less basketball.”

This past year, Umude ranked ninth in the nation in scoring (21.6 points), 32nd in free throws made (115) and 38th in defensive rebounds (6.48 average).

He scored 1,520 points in his career to rank 11th on the Coyotes’ all-time list while pulling down 549 rebounds (24th in USD history) with 183 assists, 91 blocked shots (8th in USD history) and 55 steals. He had a career field goal percentage of .470, including .342 from 3-point range, and he shot .748 from the free throw line. Umude recorded 13 career double-doubles, including five in each of the last two years.

For his career (101 games with 75 starts), Umude scored in double figures 71 times, led his team in scoring 40 times, led his team in rebounding 36 times, scored at least 20 points 31 times (including five 30-point games and one 40-point game) and pulled down double-digit rebounds 14 times.­­

Chris Lykes

The announcement comes on the heels of Chris Lykes, a 5-7 guard from the University of Miami (Fla.), signing with the Arkansas program earlier in the week.

“Chris is a proven, dynamic guard who has excelled in the ACC,” Musselman said. “He has the ability to score and get his teammates involved. We like how he attacks the paint and gets to the free throw line. He also has shown great leadership. We are very excited to have Chris join our program and our fans will enjoy watching him play.”

Lykes spent four seasons with the Hurricanes but only played two games this past year after injuring his ankle on December 4.

He led the team – and ranked among the ACC top 10 – in scoring the previous two seasons as he averaged 15.4 points (10th in the ACC) as a junior (2019-20) and 16.2 points (ninth in the ACC) as a sophomore (2018-19).

Au’diese Toney

On Aprilm 1, Au’diese Toney, a rising senior transfer from Pitt, signed with Arkansas,

Toney is a 6-6, 210-pound wing that played three seasons with the Pitt Panthers. He is originally from Huntsville, Ala., and went to high school at Trinity Christian Academy [N.C.]. Toney scored 763 points (9.78 avg.) in his three years at Pitt and averaged 5.42 rebounds (423 total).

He shot 42.6 percent from the field (264-of-620) – including 30.2 percent from 3-point range (59-189) – and was a career 66.2 percent free throw shooter (178-of-269). He added 88 assists and 80 steals with three career double-doubles.

He played in and started 16 games in the 2020-21 season for the Panthers. He did not play the final six games. He chose to enter the transfer portal on Feb. 25.

He was averaging a career-best 14.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. Toney scored 15 or more points in nine games, including three 20-plus point efforts, and was considered one of the top wing defenders in the conference.

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