Mike Anderson’s Arkansas basketball program has suffered a setback as one of this past season’s top Hogs has decided to stick his nose into the pro basketball money trough. Hard to blame him.
Forward Marshawn Powell tweeted the following goodbye note yesterday:
Powell was Arkansas’ second-leading scorer, averaging 14.5 points per game to BJ Young’s 15.2. No other Razorback averaged double-figures. In terms of measurables, Powell finished #5 on our list of the SEC’s most productive basketball players this season. The senior-to-be has already been on the Fayetteville campus for four years, taking a redshirt after a knee injury suffered just two games into the 2011-12 season.
The NBA website DraftExpress.com lists Powell as the #64 prospect among juniors which suggests the player’s move is tied more to getting a paycheck — any paycheck — than it is to his high draft status.
Anderson wished his protege well in an UA-released statement that was as much a “check him out, scouts” endorsement as it was a “so long” note:
“I wish Marshawn all the best as he moves on to the next stage of his basketball career. He had a tremendous junior season after recovering from a knee injury and was a big part of the success that we had this season. He is a skilled forward who can stretch the defense because of his ability to shoot. He can also create by putting it on the floor and has a nice post up game. I feel that his best basketball is in front of him.”
Powell can still return to Arkansas if he does not hire an agent.