Michael Musselman promoted to DBO at Arkansas

Michael Musselman promoted to DBO at Arkansas

Michael Musselman has been promoted to director of basketball operations, Razorback head coach Eric Musselman announced today.

Michael Musselman will continue to lead men’s basketball recruiting efforts while managing the day-to-day operations of the program. Last year, he completed his third season with the Razorbacks as director of recruiting while adding the title of assistant director of basketball operations.

Under Musselman’s leadership, the Razorbacks clinched the No. 2 recruiting class in the nation for 2022. The group included six players ranked in the ESPN and SI.com Top 100, including three five-star and McDonald’s All-Americans – Nick Smith Jr., Jordan Walsh and Anthony Black, plus three four-stars – Barry Dunning Jr., Derrian Ford and Joseph Pinion.

Arkansas had never had a class with at least four ESPN top 100 players until Musselman arrived and the Razorbacks have now done it twice (class of 2020 and class of 2022). Since 2004, only four Arkansas recruiting classes have ranked in the top 10 in the nation and two of them have moved under Musselman as the class of 2020 was #5 ESPN/#9 247Sports and the class of 2022 ranks #2 in ESPN, 247Sports and Rivals.

In his first season at Arkansas, the recruiting class of 2020 was the fifth-best group in the nation (ESPN) thanks to top 40 prospects Moses Moody and Khalen Robinson as well as four stars and co-stars from the year of Arkansas Davonte Davis and Jaylin Williams. Arkansas also landed three of the top graduate transfers in the nation in Jalen Tate (#5 by NBC Sports), Vance Jackson (#8 by CBS Sports), and Justin Smith (#11 by The Stadium). Moody would go on to earn SEC Freshman of the Year, First Team All-SEC, and All-American honors. With his success, Moody became the program’s first one-and-done as the Golden State Warriors made him a lottery pick with the 14th selection in the 2021 NBA draft.

In 2021-22, Arkansas focused its recruiting on the transfer market with Stanley Umude, Au’Diese Toney, Trey Wade and Chris Lykes playing vital roles in the Razorbacks achieving a second consecutive NCAA Elite 8 and an 8th place finish in the latest coaching survey. .

Overall, his recruiting efforts propelled Arkansas to levels of success the program hasn’t seen in 25 years. The Razorbacks have made consecutive NCAA Elite 8 appearances, won at least 25 games overall and 13 in the SEC in two consecutive years, and finished in the top 10 in national polls.

Prior to Arkansas, Musselman spent a year (2018-19) as a graduate assistant at Nevada, helping the team win 29 games, win a Mountain West championship and earn an NCAA Tournament berth.

Musselman previously served as director of students at his alma mater, the University of San Diego. During his four years with the Toreros, he assisted the team with training sessions, scouting reports, film editing and statistical analysis.

Musselman continues the coaching legacy that was started by his grandfather, Bill Musselman.

Musselman earned his bachelor’s degree in communications and a minor in business administration from San Diego in 2018. He received his master’s degree in instructional leadership from Nevada in the summer of 2019.


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