El Dorado, Arkansas, has always been known for football prospects that it has turned out through the years. The 2017 basketball recruiting class is changing the reputation of El Dorado. The change has come in the form of 6’9” power forward Daniel Gafford. Gafford is a part of a number of recruiting classes that have Arkansas producing some of the best talent the state has seen over the past 20 years.
College basketball coaches have started to take notice of just how talented a player Gafford is. To many recruiting services Gafford is ranked as the number 11 center prospect in the 2017 class. Gafford has drawn scholarship offers from Florida, Arkansas, and Kansas. He is an early 2017 commit to Arkansas and should be a key piece of the Arkansas recruiting class for the 2017 season. More importantly, scouts and fans will have another couple of seasons to observe Gafford.
Gafford’s play at El Dorado during his sophomore year is what has drawn scouts to El Dorado. He averaged 13.4 points, 14.4 rebounds, and 6 blocks per game during his 2014 sophomore campaign. Gafford is only going to improve over the next two seasons and could turn into a dominant low post threat.
Gafford’s time with the Arkansas Wings AAU team has put the young man on the national scene. Gafford performed well at the Nike Peach Jam in June and numerous coaches and scouts were impressed by his play. If Gafford continues to build on the progress he has made the past few seasons, he should have a terrific basketball career. I expect Gafford to be a success on and off the court. He is an intelligent individual that will accomplish a great deal in sports and life in general. The sky is the limit for this 2017 prospect and the 2015-16 season should be an excellent one.