BURN THE HORSE
It appears there will be roster additions at UALR this week. But just who those additions are remains a mystery.
UALR classes are scheduled to begin Thursday and we’ll wait with anticipation to see who is registered.
What we know is that UALR has one open scholarship to give. What we don’t know is who is getting it. But it does appear it’s going to someone.
On July 21, Web site NYCHoops.net Tweeted the following:
“Former Boys & Girls star Leroy Isler to Arkansas-Little Rock as per Kangaroos asst. coach.”
It was past the National Letter of Intent deadline so Isler apparently signed a grant in aid form. That is something that frequently happens in the summer. We had heard Isler’s name mentioned, so this didn’t come as a huge surprise.
Isler is a 6-5 guard/forward from Brooklyn, N.Y. He played the past two seasons at Lee Junior College in Baytown, Texas, where he averaged 11 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 1.7 steals. He shot 47 percent from the field, 36 percent from three-point range and 58 percent from the free throw line.
Then this week another name popped up on Twitter when another juco player said he was coming to UALR. Jalen Washington, who played high school basketball at Pflugerville Henderson in Texas, and spent the past season at Kilgore Junior College, tweeted that he was:
“Blessed to have another place to call home.”
And he included an Instagram photo of the sign at the entrance to the UALR campus. He confirmed in other tweets that he was headed to UALR this year.
Washington is 6-5 and can play all three guard positions. He was a big scorer in high school but averaged only 4.3 points per game as a freshman at Kilgore. He qualified late last summer and elected to spend one year at juco, making him eligible this season. He had offers late last summer from Mt. St. Mary’s and Southern-Baton Rouge. Internet reports suggested he was headed to Weber State this year. He played AAU ball for Texas D1 Ambassadors, the same program as UALR freshman Josh Hagins.
No idea how he fits in to the scholarship plans.
We’ve also heard there are two other potential walk-ons headed to campus this week. They would be in addition to current walk-ons Ted Crass and Casey Wilmath.
On Thursday when classes begin, we’ll know for sure.
Update. Washington just sent out this photo via Instagram with the tag "Boy I can't wait"
Update #2: Mystery solved.