JONESBORO — Former Jonesboro High School basketball star Desi Sills has announced plans to enter the NCAA transfer portal, signifying his intention to transfer from the University of Arkansas after three seasons with the Razorbacks.
Sills, a 6-foot-2 guard, played in all 32 games and started 15 this season as Arkansas reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. He finished with two points, six rebounds and four assists in 30-plus minutes off the bench in Monday night’s 81-72 loss to Baylor in the South Region final.
“Dear Razorback nation, I would like to start off by thanking you all for these last three years,” Sills wrote in a social media post. “I am grateful for all the things my teammates and I were able to accomplish and the memories we were able to make in this year of uncertainty & thanks for pushing me everyday in practice to make me a better player. I would like to thank Coach (Mike) Anderson’s staff for recruiting me & Coach (Eric) Musselman for allowing me the continue to play for my home state. It has truly been a pleasure to play at Bud Walton Arena.
“Lastly, thank you to my family who has loved and supported me through everything. With that being said, I have made the decision to enter my name into the transfer portal. I’m a bucket, but stay tuned for what’s coming in the future.”
Sills, who averaged 7.5 points and 2.7 rebounds for the season, gave the Razorbacks (25-7) a boost in the Sweet 16 against Oral Roberts with two points, six rebounds and four assists in 28 minutes. He had a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds, the latter a career high, when Arkansas defeated ORU in December.
Drawing 15 starts in the season’s first 18 games, Sills scored in double figures 10 times as a junior. He scored a career-high 23 points in Arkansas’ SEC opener at Auburn and later scored 22 against the Tigers in Fayetteville. Sills scored 15 points against South Carolina, sinking 5-of-7 from the 3-point line, and also had 14 points at LSU.
Sills played in all 98 games over the last three seasons, scoring 758 points. He scored in double figures four times as a freshman, including an 18-point outing against Indiana in the NIT, and started 24 games as a sophomore last year.
Jonesboro won back-to-back Class 6A state championships during Sills’ last two seasons as a Hurricane, finishing 32-0 in 2016-17.