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Mike Anderson Speaks in Paragould

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - Mike Anderson spoke at Paragould's Country Club after competing in the Razorback Classic Golf Tournament.

Anderson started off by honoring his friend Nippy Mangrum with a moment of silence. Anderson attended the funeral of his friend last month in Paragould. 

"It's kind of bittersweet from the standpoint every time I come to Paragould Nippy is kind of the guy that greets me off the plane or drive in and so not seeing him here to me is kind of sad. But on the bright side of it I come out here and all his friends and his family are here. It's a month ago from today that I was here for his service. But I know he's a tremendous asset to his community. And this community continues to support his family, but what a true, true Razorback fan but more importantly what a true, true friend," Anderson said. 

Anderson also spoke about the progress his basketball program continues to make.

"Kids are doing the right things on and off the court. Now we have a program that's tremendously relevant across the country. Basketball in Arkansas is very relevant across the country," Anderson said. 

Anderson added that he's proud of Bobby Portis and Michael Qualls and wished them luck in the NBA.

He also says EPC's Rashad Madden added a lot to the program and stressed the importance of recruiting in North East Arkansas. 

Anderson says he looks for incoming recruits Jimmy Whitt and Ted Kapita to step up.

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