Powell To Enter 2013 NBA Draft


FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas forward Marshawn Powell is entering the 2013 NBA Draft.

The junior revealed his plans in a message on Twitter on Tuesday. Powell wrote he was entering the draft and added “thank God for even being in this position.”

Powell successfully returned from a knee injury that sidelined for most of the 2011-12 season to finish second on the team in scoring (14.5 points a game) and first in rebounding (5.3). He also shot 49.3 percent from the field, which ranked third in the Southeastern Conference, and made a career-high 27 3-pointers.

Powell’s decision is little surprise even though he’s not included among most mock drafts. But Powell, who is 23, has been with the Razorbacks for four years and will look into beginning a professional basketball career.

Powell can withdraw his name from the 2013 NBA Draft pool before the NCAA's April 16 deadline if he does not hire an agent. It’s not known if Powell — who couldn’t immediately be reached for further comment — has hired an agent.

Arkansas coach Mike Anderson also was not immediately available for comment.

Powell ranks 22nd on the school’s career scoring chart. He became the 35th Arkansas player to notch 1,000 or more career points during the 2012-13 season.

Powell also is one of just five Razorback players to tally at least 1,000 points, 450 rebounds, 100 assists and 75 blocked shots in his career. The other four were former Razorbacks Todd Day, Scott Hastings, Ron Huery and Corliss Williamson.

But Powell would leave without one thing if he is done at Arkansas: The Razorbacks never earned an NCAA Tournament or NIT berth during his four seasons on campus.