Arkansas junior forward Marshawn Powell is declaring for the 2013 NBA Draft. Powell made the move official when he announced it on his twitter page Tuesday afternoon.
The move is no surprise. Powell is 23 years old and has been with the team four years. He was depended on most this season to produce the team’s points in the paint, and was second on the team in scoring behind BJ Young.
“I wish Marshawn all the best as he moves on to the next stage of his basketball career,” Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson said. “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 averaged 14.5 points and 5.4 rebounds per game this season and was named a second-team All-SEC selection by the media.
Powell can still come back to Arkansas if he does not hire an agent and decides the NBA is not best for his immediate future. The deadline to withdraw from the draft is June 17. The NBA Draft is June 27.
Sophomore guard BJ Young is the other Razorback expected to make a decision on his future soon.