On Tuesday afternoon, Arkansas forward Marshawn Powell announced that he will be forgoing his senior season and entering his name into the 2013 NBA Draft.
Powell is a unique case and a name that will likely stay within the draft pool past the deadline to return to college. The 6-foot-7 forward is 23 years old and has been plagued by injuries at times during his collegiate career. Although he is projected as a potential second round selection, Powell will have the opportunity to improve his stock enough for one franchise to take a chance.
decided that im entering the 2013#NBAdraft thank God for even being in this position
— hungr tht cnt b fed (@MarshawnPowell) March 26, 2013
Powell’s workouts from now until June will be crucial. Powell only played two games during the 2011-12 season, but was fortunate to remain healthy throughout this past season. The Razorbacks flirted with the potential of being a bubble team at times this season, but Arkansas could never really get over the hump despite their talent level.
Given Powell’s age and past injuries woes, it’s going to be interesting to see just what chances he actually has of not only getting drafted, but potentially even making a roster in the NBA down the line. Powell has good athleticism and can stretch the floor and hit from the outside, but there’s nothing really that allows for him to stand out and put himself in the mix with the other draft potentials at his position.
During the 2012-13 season, Powell averaged 14.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.
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