Arkansas guard Anthony Black named a Freshman All-American

Arkansas's Anthony Black drives by Illinois's RJ Melendez during the second half of a...
Arkansas's Anthony Black drives by Illinois's RJ Melendez during the second half of a first-round college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament Thursday, March 16, 2023, in Des Moines, Iowa.((AP Photo/Morry Gash))
Published: Apr. 11, 2023 at 6:40 PM CDT
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After having perhaps the best rookie season in Razorback history, Anthony Black was named to the Kyle Macy Freshman All-America team.

Black, a finalist for the Kyle Macy Freshman of the Year, was also named second team All-SEC, voted to the SEC All-Freshman team and tabbed second team All-District by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). Early in the season, Black was named CBS Sports/USBWA National Freshman of the Week (Nov. 22) and later the SEC co-Freshman of the Week (Nov. 28) as he was named to the Maui Invitational All-Tournament team after leading all players in scoring.

The following are some of Black’s freshman season highlights:

  • He was the only player in the SEC to rank among the league’s top 25 in the five major categories (Scoring • Rebounding • Assists • Steals • Blocked Shots). He ranked 3rd in steals (2.06), 5th in assists (3.92), 18th in scoring (12.78), 23rd in blocked shots (0.61) and 24th in rebounds (5.06).
  • He led the SEC in minutes played (34:51). It was the 4th-most total minutes (1,253) by a Hog in a season and the most by a freshman. Overall, he played all 40 minutes in regulation three times and all 20 minutes of a half 19 times.
  • He also set Arkansas freshman season records in steals (74), steals/gm (2.06), free throws attempted (190), games played (36 – tied with Jordan Walsh) and games started (36).
  • He was the only Razorback to start all 36 games.
  • He is the player in Razorback history to reach 450+ points, 180+ rebounds and 140+ assists in a season (460-182-141).
  • He is one of just nine players in the NCAA over the past 30 years to have at least 460 points, 182 rebounds, 141 assists, 74 steals and 22 blocked shots.
  • His 38 steals in SEC games ranks third (tied) in school history and his 82 assists in school history ranks ninth.