The 6-foot-2, 175-pound prospect out of Sunrise (Kan.) Christian becomes the Razorbacks’ first commitment to the class.
Originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, Blocker will return to his home state post-high school graduation to play for head coach Eric Musselman. He also received offers from Baylor, Kansas, Kansas State, LSU, Alabama, Auburn, Maryland, and others.
Blocker ranks as the No. 42 prospect in the 2023 class, according to the On3 Consensus, a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies. He’s also ranked as the No. 7 point guard in the country.
Blocker talks decision
“I chose Arkansas because of the winning culture in basketball and other sports,” Blocker said to On3. “I like how Coach Muss has turned the basketball program around. He was clear on how they would use me on day one in their NBA-style system. Coach Muss and his staff do a great job preparing and developing players to get to the NBA. I chose Arkansas because it’s home.”
Layden Blocker plays fast and with a lot of confidence. He is best in transition, attacking the rim with a purpose. Blocker needs to continue working on his reads and creativity in the half-court. He is improving as a three-point shooter off the catch, and he would benefit from developing a pull-up. The athleticism is natural, and the speed puts the defense in their heels. – On3’s Jamie Shaw, National Recruiting Analyst