Ratliffe is generally considered to be the #1 JUCO prospect in the country and he’s coming to Arkansas for his first official visit. At 6’9″-240 pounds, he would definitely fill the physical void left by the departing Michael Washington. His current list of offers are Arkansas, Alabama, Cincinnati, Clemson, Florida, Missouri, and South Carolina. Those are programs that we can compete with for his services.
Some of the bigger programs are interested but haven’t extended an offer. One really big thing we have going for us is he has said that as an incoming junior, he doesn’t have time to sit on the bench and he’s going to go somewhere that he can play immediately. As a high profile recruit, he will get the chance to do that.
Ratliffe is currently averaging 27 points and 12 rebounds a game. He’s not just another player that dominates underneath the boards. “He’s extremely effective around the basket. Really strong and really skilled,” said Central Florida Community College Tim Ryan, noting that Ratliffe can also step outside and hit the three at a 40 percent clip.
Ratliffe is a good friend of and a former teammate of Marshawn Powell. Seeing what Powell has done this year as a true freshman should drive home the point that he has a great shot at a significant amount of playing time. Think about two of them on the floor at the same time.
So if you’re going to the Ole Miss game on Saturday, make a sign with his name on it and show him some love. The Hogs could really use him.