Arkansas lands Johnell Davis, Jonas Aidoo

Arkansas lands Johnell Davis, Jonas Aidoo

John Calipari’s first roster at Arkansas is still in the early stages of being built. In fact, as of Saturday morning, it only consisted of six players.

But earlier this week, the new Razorbacks’ head coach signed two enormous pieces in ex-Florida Atlantic star guard Johnell Davis and former Tennessee center Jonas Aidoo.

Davis, a 6-foot-4 grad transfer, started 53 times in 128 career games for the Owls across four seasons. He started all 34 games in 2023-24, averaging 18.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.4 steals per game.

Along with South Florida’s Chris Youngblood, the 22-year-old Davis earned AAC Co-Player of the Year honors this past season and was obviously a first-team All-AAC selection. He was extremely efficient, draining 48.3 percent of his field-goal attempts, 41.4 percent of his 3-pointers and 85.7 percent of his free throws.

Davis led FAU to a 25-9 straight-up record and a 16-18 against-the-spread mark. The Owls made the NCAA Tournament for a second straight season, but they lost 77-65 to Northwestern in overtime as 4.5-point favorites in the first round.

Davis had 18 points, six rebounds, three steals and two assists, but he committed nine turnovers and made only 6-of-16 FGAs and just 1-of-6 attempts from beyond the arc.

Davis played 49 of 50 minutes in a 96-95 double-overtime win over Arizona in Las Vegas on Dec. 23. He scored 35 points, grabbed nine rebounds, dished out three assists and had three steals. Davis hit 15-of-27 FGAs.

Davis was one of the catalysts in FAU’s push to a shocking Final Four appearance during the 2023 NCAA Tournament. In five games, he averaged 15.4 points, 6.8 rebounds 2.8 assists and 1.6 SPG.

In a 78-70 win over Fairleigh Dickinson in the Round of 32, Davis had 29 points, 12 rebounds, five steals and five assists compared to only one turnover. He scored 12, 15 and 13 points in wins over Memphis, Tennessee and Kansas St., respectively.

FAU lost 72-71 on a buzzer beater vs. San Diego St. in the national semifinals. Davis was limited to eight points, three boards, two steals and one assist against the Aztecs.

He was a first-team All-Conference USA selection and the Conference USA Sixth Man of the Year during the 2022-23 campaign. He started 16 of 37 games, averaging 13.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.5 SPG. Davis buried 48.6 percent of his FGAs, 35.7 percent of his treys and 85.5 percent of his free throws.

Aidoo started all 36 games at Tennessee as a true junior this past year, helping the Volunteers advance to the Elite Eight for just the second time in program history. The 6-foot-11, 241-pound center averaged 11.4 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.8 blocked shots, 1.0 assists and 0.7 SPG. He made 51.5 percent of his FGAs and 62.6 percent of his free throws.

Aidoo had 15 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots in UT’s 83-49 win over Saint Peter’s in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. He contributed 11 points, four boards, three assists, two blocks and one steal in a 62-58 win over Texas in the Round of 32.

Unfortunately for the Vols, Aidoo was limited to only 10 minutes of playing time due to foul trouble in their 72-66 loss to Purdue in the Elite Eight.

As a sophomore during the 2022-23 season, Aidoo started nine of 35 games and logged 18.3 minutes per contest. He averaged 5.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.3 BPG.

The other transfer on the Hogs’ roster is 7-foot-2 center Svonimir ‘Big Z’ Ivisic, a rising sophomore who played for Calipari at Kentucky as a true freshman in 2023-24.

The three other players are incoming freshmen, including combo guard Boogie Fland, forward Billy Richmond and forward Karter Knox. According to the 247Sports Composite, Knox is the nation’s 20th-ranked prospect, while Richmond and Fland are ranked #22 and #26, respectively.

Arkansas currently has the country’s #3 ranked recruiting class.

FanDuel has the Razorbacks’ odds to win the 2025 NCAA Tournament at 35/1. Those are the 13th-shortest odds on the board. As of May 4, Kansas was the 10/1 ‘chalk,’ followed by UConn (11/1) and Duke (12/1).

Alabama and North Carolina share 16/1 odds, but those numbers will likely change tomorrow when ex-Rutgers center Cliff Omoruyi makes his decision between UNC, Georgetown, ‘Bama and Kansas St.

FanDuel also has four ‘Calipari Specials’ on its college hoops board. The odds for Kentucky to win at Rupp Arena vs. Arkansas are -162.

The odds are +125 for Kentucky to lose at Rupp against the Razorbacks. There are +170 odds for the Wildcats to win at Bud Walton vs. Arkansas, and the number is -228 for UK to lose to the Hogs at Bud Walton.