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Arkansas Forward Alandise Harris Denied Waiver, Will Sit 2012-13 Season

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After spending two seasons at Houston, Alandise Harris made the decision to transfer.

The 6-foot-6 forward and original native of Little Rock decided to return home for his final two seasons of eligibility, choosing Arkansas and head coach Mike Anderson.

On Thursday however, with practice already underway and another season of college basketball closing in, Harris was denied a waiver per the Razorbacks’ request.

Anderson announced the NCAA’s decision during a speaking engagement in Fayetteville, according to ArkansasSports360.com.

The appeal had gone through on the heels of Harris’ decision to transfer, citing family reasons in his effort to hit the hardwood immediately. The decision by the NCAA forces Harris to sit out the 2012-13 season before becoming eligible to play for the Razorbacks next year.

Harris became a viable threat for Houston before transferring, averaging 9.4 points as a freshman and then increasing that scoring number to 13.3 in 2011-12. In addition to his offensive output last year, Harris also averaged 6.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game.

With Marshawn Powell returning from injury this season and star guard B.J. Young leading the team in the back court, the Razorbacks are more than expected to see improvements this upcoming season. While not having Harris on the court this season does weaken Arkansas’ depth, the good news is that he will retain two years of eligibility beginning next season.

The NCAA ruling comes on the heels of another decision involving Iona guard and Iowa State transfer Tavon Sledge. The guard was granted immediate eligibility and will suit for the Gaels this season, a big boost for head coach Tim Cluess.

Arkansas opens up the season on Nov. 9 against visiting Sam Houston State.

 

Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @TheArenaPulse

 

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2015 NCAA Tournament Profile: Arkansas Razorbacks

Record: 26-8

Region – Seed: No. 5 in the West

RPI: 17

BPI: 21

Conference: Southeastern Conference

How They Qualified: At-large

The Arkansas Razorbacks have clearly been the second-best team in the SEC this season. While the Kentucky Wildcats have garnered nearly all of the attention in the league (and the country), Arkansas has quietly put together a very good season.

Arkansas has size, athleticism and depth. Head coach Mike Anderson has his team playing the classic “40 Minutes of Hell” style that Anderson’s former boss, Nolan Richardson, employed with the Razorbacks. And it’s working, bringing excitement back to Fayetteville.

What You Need to Know:

Leading Scorer: Bobby Portis, 17.5 ppg

Leading Rebounder: Bobby Portis, 8.5 rpg

Leading Passer: Rashad Madden, 4.7 apg

Bad Losses: at Clemson, at Tennessee, at Florida

Good Wins: Over Georgia, Ole Miss, Texas A&M

Arkansas has the talent to make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament. However, they don’t have tournament experience, which could end up hurting them the further they go. Playing against teams with more tournament experience could end up being the downfall of this Arkansas squad.

With Portis, the SEC Player of the Year, along with Michael Qualls and Madden, the Hogs have plenty of front-line talent. Anderson must take that talent and do his best to make this team tournament ready in a hurry. If Arkansas could make a run to the Sweet 16, they would see that as a success.

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The Arkansas Razorbacks have clearly been the second-best team in the SEC this season.

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