NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro’s own is coming into his own with the Razorbacks. Desi Sills had another 9 point performance Saturday in Arkansas' 79-67 victory over UTSA. The former Golden Hurricane is taking advantage of his minutes as a Hog.
“I’m just trying to come off the bench and be very consistent every game,” Sills said. “My energy and effort has played a price on defense and offense. I used to be a starter (at JHS), now I’m coming off the bench. It’s a big role for me and a big new journey. So I’m going to take it, I’m going to embrace it, and do what I can for my team."
Head coach Mike Anderson says Desi has played a growing role in a growing Arkansas bench. “You could see I was trying to search with that team to find someone that can give me the energy we gotta have, especially on defense. Reggie Chaney, I thought he was big tonight. I thought Desi Sills came in and gave us a big lift.”
Desi’s teammates are pleased with his patience. Sophomore guard Jalen Harris said “I feel at first Desi was coming to me with a lot of questions. Like what should I do here, what should I do there? So I told him to just be himself. Once he plays like himself, it’s basketball, he’s been playing all his life. So I feel everything is clicking for Desi now.”
“You’ve got to come in ready, and I wasn’t mentally ready at first," Sills added. "But over time, I got mentally ready.”
#0 is averaging 8 points over the last 4 games. He’s shooting 51 percent from the field this season and was a perfect 4 for 4 at the stripe Saturday vs. UTSA. Desi told me he’s been working on more phases in his game, including midrange pull-ups and one dribble 3′s.
“It’s a wonderful feeling to have minutes coming up as a freshman," Desi said. "Not many freshmen get to play, so it’s a good opportunity.”
Anderson added: "I think his composure, he’s finding his rhythm, he’s playing the way he should be playing. His confidence level, you could just see it growing. He’s got 9 games under his belt, so we know what Desi is capable of doing. His energy, and Reggie, you think about what those guys are bringing to the table, we saw it on display tonight, and it was much needed.”
Arkansas has another Power 5 test as Georgia Tech comes to Bud Walton Arena. Tipoff is Wednesday at 8:00pm, the game will be televised on the SEC Network.