Nevada forward commits to Hogs

Posted: October 29, 2017 at 2:55 a.m.

The University of Arkansas, Fayetteville basketball team won twice Friday night when the Hogs defeated Central Oklahoma 78-66, and highly regarded power forward Reggie Chaney privately committed to the coaches.

He went public with his pledge Saturday afternoon.

Chaney, 6-8, 230 pounds, of Findlay Prep in Nevada had approximately 15 scholarship offers but officially visited the Hogs, Texas A&M, TCU, Oklahoma State and Wichita State before picking Coach Mike Anderson's program.

"I just feel like it's the right decision for me and they fit my playing style," Chaney said. "They get up and down, tough and aggressive."

As a junior, Chaney averaged 11.2 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.6 steals and a block a game for the Pilots, who were 33-4 in 2016-17. He and fellow Arkansas pledge guard Jordan Phillips officially visited Fayetteville on Sept. 15.

"The coaching staff is like a family to me and the guys as well," Chaney said. "I felt like we had a great bond when we were on the visit. It just felt right. It felt like home right off the bat.

He played for RM5 Elite during the summer and members of the Hogs' staff were regulars at his games during the evaluation period. ESPN rates him a 4-star prospect and the No. 28 power forward in the nation.

Arkansas assistant Scotty Thurman headed up Chaney's recruiting and played a big role in landing him.

"He was definitely on me," Chaney said. " After every visit he asked me how it went. He just showed love from the start. He was there from day one. He was at a lot of my games during the summer and that meant a lot to me."

Chaney said he knew it was the Hogs for him Friday morning.

"I felt like it was Arkansas," Chaney said.

He becomes Arkansas' No. 6 commitment for the 2018 class. Oral commitments are non-binding.

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