BYU basketball adds Arkansas transfer Jaxson Robinson

Arkansas guard Jaxson Robinson (14) shoots over an Arkansas-Little Rock defender during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, in Fayetteville, Ark. (Michael Woods, Associated Press)

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PROVO — BYU basketball is getting another long, lean shooter from the transfer portal in former Arkansas wing Jaxson Robinson.

The 6-foot-6, 185-pound wing from Ada, Oklahoma, will transfer to BYU after spending time at Arkansas and Texas A&M, Robinson told On3 Sports on Thursday. He joins Coastal Carolina transfer Rudi Williams, who averaged 14.7 points for the Chanticleers, and four-star freshman Braeden Moore, the 6-foot-8 shooter from Kanye West’s Donda Academy in Simi Valley, California.

A rising junior, Robinson averaged 3.4 points and 1.3 rebounds in 10.2 minutes over 16 games last year for the Razorbacks, who went 28-9 in 2021-22 and advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. He also started his college career at Texas A&M, when the then-top 50 recruit played in 14 of the Aggies’ 18 games as a freshman, with four starts while averaging 2.1 points and 1.1 rebounds in 9.7 minutes per game before his first transfer.

“Thank you to all of the programs that reached out over the past few weeks, I appreciate all of you,” Robinson told On3. “During the short amount of time I spent at BYU, it felt like home. I felt an immediate bond with Coach (Mark) Pope, the coaching staff, and my future teammates. I believe being a part of the Cougar family will put me in the best position to become the best player and person I can possibly be.

“I look forward to playing in front of Cougar Nation.”

The former five-star recruit by 247 Sports was the No. 67 overall prospect in the country in high school before reclassifying to the Class of 2020 and enrolling at Texas A&M. He entered the transfer portal back on May 12, meaning he will need to submit a waiver request to be eligible for the 2022-23 season.

If the waiver is not approved, Robinson will be forced to sit out one of his two years of remaining eligibility. It’s anticipated that Robinson will seek and receive a waiver, according to On3.

The three newcomers join a Class of 2022 that also features three returned missionaries in former Fremont star Dallin Hall, Wasatch Academy sharpshooter Richie Saunders, and Washington state star Tanner Toolson.

“I feel like right now, I’m just slowly getting more and more time getting shots up and in the weight room,” Hall told BYUtv recently. “I hope to get on the floor a lot this year. Right now, it’s just not overdoing it so I can have a healthy body this year. I’ve got some amazing coaches who are helping me get right into it.

“If I can continue to stay healthy, I’m going to see some time on the floor.”

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A proud graduate of Syracuse University, Sean Walker has covered BYU for since 2015, while also mixing in prep sports, education, and anything else his editors assign him to do.

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