After narrowing his college choices down to five a month ago, former South Side boys’ basketball standout Jaylen Barford made known his college intentions on Tuesday night as he committed to play at the University of Arkansas.
Barford – a 6-foot-3, 200-pound guard — listed Arkansas, Memphis, Missouri, Ole Miss and Xavier as his top five in no particular order in August.
After a standout freshman season at Motlow State Community College, Barford was named the No. 1 JUCO player in the country in the class of 2016 by 247sports.com.
He helped lead South Side to the Class AA state championship with 22.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game his senior year.
During his freshman year at Motlow State, Barford averaged 20.6 points, 7.2 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 2.4 steals. He shot 53 percent from the field and 70 percent from the free throw line.
Barford also had the opportunity to participate in two camps over the summer with the JUCO Showcase Elite 80 Camp in Atlanta, and he also went to the Mullen Sports Junior College Top 100 Camp in St. Louis.