The Arkansas Razorbacks have not made the NCAA Tournament since 2008 and things are certainly not looking to be on the upswing anytime soon. Since the conclusion of the 2012-13 season, the Razorbacks have seen three of their top five scorers from a season ago make the decision to leave the program.
Both Marshawn Powell and B.J. Young have declared for the 2013 NBA Draft, while Hunter Mickelson announced his decision to transfer. Mickelson, who finished fifth on the team in scoring this past season, has found a new home however, and will reportedly join the Kansas Jayhawks.
Standing at 6-foot-10, Mickelson could be a nice addition to Bill Self‘s front court following the graduation of Jeff Withey. However, Mickelson’s numbers in his two seasons at Arkansas don’t necessarily jump off the page. Mickelson set a school record with 72 blocks during his freshman season, but other than that he’s been an average big man. This past season, Mickelson averaged 5.4 points and 3.5 rebounds per game and didn’t make any real strides from his freshman to sophomore seasons. That however, could have played a part in his decision to seek a fresh start.
Razorbacks head coach Mike Anderson did have some nice thing to say about Mickelson upon granting him his release, stating, “Hunter is a fine young man who represents the Razorbacks well both on and off the court. He has improved as a player during his two years at Arkansas and I wish him the best as he pursues his degree and basketball career elsewhere.”
Mickelson is an original native of Jonesboro, Arkansas.
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