Houston transfers Alandise Harris is waiting on an answer from his filed waiver in an attempt to play this season while the Razorbacks are still looking into whether Oklahoma State transfer Fred Gulley – who is eligible in December – can go.
"We still haven't heard anything on Alandise," Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson said. "We are still in a waiting mode on him, but the waiver has been filed. He won't be practicing with us. As of right now we are going to be holding him out of this."
That's the same situation with former Fayetteville High star Gulley as Arkansas gets 10 practices ahead of its August 10-19 trip to five cities in Italy.
But Powell, who suffered a season-ending knee injury two games into last season, is going to go through all 10 of the practices.
He has been going through the individual summer workouts that the NCAA now allows.
"We are going to ease him in," Anderson said. "He is doing some contact. He has been working in some of the contact situations that we have. But we will just kind of evaluate as we go and kind of ease him into it. But he is doing well. He is going the full length of practices. We have been holding him out of periods here or there but I know he is excited to have the chance to get back on the court."
Anderson said a decision will be made on how much – if any – Powell plays before the team heads to Italy.
"I am just going to watch that," Anderson said. "He and I will sit down and visit about it. We will see what takes place here the next few days. But he has been involved. When we have been doing our individual workouts he has been doing a good job. He is doing everything he can to get back and be an impact with this basketball team. So it's good to have him around. Our guys respect him and they look up to him."
Powell was averaging nearly a double-double in his two games last season before suffering what has become an seemingly yearly injury.
" I think sometimes injuries can make you go one of two ways," Anderson said. "You are grateful for what you have and hopefully have an opportunity to do it. It put him in great shape in the classroom. He really buckled down in the classroom and did some good things there. I think his attitude is changed. Maturity has a lot to do with it, not only he but some of our other guys are more mature."