Arkansas is considering another McDonald’s All-American recruit.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas is in contention to secure another top 20 prospect in the 2024 class. Boogie Fland, ranked as the nation’s No. 18 prospect, has been contacted by the Razorbacks since he reopened his recruitment this week.

The influence of new Arkansas coach John Calipari is likely to play a role in Fland’s decision. Initially committing to Kentucky in mid-October and signing with the Wildcats on Nov. 8, 2023, Fland opted for Kentucky over offers from Alabama and Indiana, respectively.

Fland, a highly esteemed guard, has earned accolades such as being named to the 2024 Nike Hoops Summit. Standing at 6 feet 2 inches and weighing 170 pounds, he was selected for the McDonald’s All-American Game and also received the honor of being named New York state’s player of the year by MaxPreps.

Expressing a greater understanding of the recruiting process this time around, Fland is receptive to offers from other schools, according to ESPN’s Paul Biancardi.

“I am back to square one,” Fland told Biancardi on Tuesday evening. “I am open to hearing about other schools. This is the second time around, so it will be a more straightforward process.”

Arkansas now boasts significant appeal to top-level prospects compared to just a few months ago, especially with the renewed focus on NIL funds by donors, aiming to assemble an outstanding roster for the upcoming season.

Regarding coaching staff, Calipari is anticipated to bring most of his team from Kentucky, including assistants such as Orlando Antigua, Chin Coleman, Chuck Martin, Bruiser Flint, and his son Brad Calipari, although these appointments have not yet been officially confirmed. This prospect positions Arkansas to have one of the most prestigious staffs in the country, potentially strengthening their chances with Fland.

“NIL definitely plays a part, but the basketball and coaches are most important. Wherever I go, I understand that I have to earn my playing time. I will look to set up my visits soon.”

Since decommitting from the Wildcats, Fland has received interest from about a dozen schools. Notably, there’s a strong Kentucky connection with the Wildcats (Mark Pope), St. John’s (Rick Pitino), and Arkansas (Calipari) in the mix. With high stakes and promising rewards, the competition for Fland’s signature is fierce.

Whoever secures Fland’s commitment will gain a versatile guard capable of playing point or shooting guard. With impressive stats averaging 19 points, seven rebounds, and four assists as a senior for Archbishop Stepinac in New York, Fland has drawn interest from schools such as Louisville, Alabama, Florida State, Pitt, Illinois, Providence, and Seton Hall, among others.

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