According to Arkansas head basketball coach Eric Musselman, rising junior guard Isaiah Joe will test the NBA waters. However, he won’t sign with an agent and can come back to school if he chooses.
“Isaiah Joe has submitted his paperwork to the NBA draft,” Musselman said Monday. “He will not hire an agent. He’s going to keep the door open for a possible return to college. Isaiah and his family, they want to gather as much information as they can. They want to learn through this process and make a decision whenever that time comes, whether to keep his name in the draft or come back to the University of Arkansas.
“I wanted to tell you that he submitted his paperwork. We had a Zoom call today with our current team. He’ll remain part of everything we do going forward. He’ll kind of have a dual role in pursuing that as well as doing anything we do as a program, as well. I’m on the phone a lot with his father Derrick more than a few times during the week to try and gather information. He has received his feedback from the undergraduate committee, that came back a few days ago. A lot of those conversations will remain private, but I have gotten a lot of good feedback. People recognize what a good player he is.”
Joe averaged 16.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.4 steals in 26 games as a sophomore. As a freshman in 2018-19, he scored at a 13.9 points-per-game clip while hitting 41.4 percent of his 3-pointers.
Arkansas finished 20-12 straight up and 16-16 against the spread in the first season of Musselman’s tenure. The ‘over’ cashed at a 17-2 clip in the Razorbacks’ last 19 games.
After Joe sprained his knee in early February, Arkansas lost five games in a row both SU and ATS with him on the sidelines. The Razorbacks went 4-2 both SU and ATS in their last six games when Joe returned.
Joe was third in the SEC in free-throw percentage (89.0%) this past year.