Arkansas will also have the youngest team in Sutton's five years in Fayetteville. Power Forward Alan Zahn is the only senior, and the other holdover starters are junior Guard U. S. Reed and 6'10" sophomore Forward Scott Hastings. Hastings didn't become a regular until the 12th game last season, but he quickly established himself as one of the conference's top freshmen, getting 8.3 points and 4.6 rebounds a game. If Hastings has recovered from the loss of his hero, Moncrief, he should be even better. Hastings admired the former Razorback so much that in high school, while leading Independence, Kans. to the state championship, he kept Moncrief's picture tucked beneath his uniform. Thus, it might be said, when Hastings was recruited, Arkansas clearly had the inside position. Joining Hastings and Zahn on the front line will be sophomore Tony Brown, who played 15 minutes a game last year and started at times.
Reed is cut from the mold of the Arkansas stickouts who came before him. At 6'2" he is not especially tall, but he is devastating inside on offense and is a superior defensive player. In Keith Hilliard, a 24.8 scorer at Northeastern Oklahoma JC, the Razorbacks may have their first true point guard. "He's the quickest player I've ever coached," says Sutton, who's specialized in recruiting jackrabbits. Junior Mike Young and sophomore Brad Friess add depth in the backcourt, while James Crockett, Carey Kelly and Leroy Sutton will fight for time on the front line.
Because Arkansas lacks the experience of recent years, the team probably won't mesh as smoothly as usual until the beginning of the conference season. The Hogs' early schedule—in which only LSU figures to be a tough test—will give Sutton a chance to discover the right combination of players for his aggressive man-to-man defense and passing-game offense. "We aren't where we're going to be," he says. "But we have time to get there. Texas A&M ought to win our league, but maybe the Aggies will screw up." If they do, you can bet the Razorbacks will be ready to add some more names to their honor roll.