Hunter Mickelson To Transfer

After averaging only 17 minutes per game as a sophomore and Arkansas adding in a pair of top 50 big men in Bobby Portis (6-10, 220) and Moses Kingsley (6-10, 232), Razorback sophomore Hunter Mickelson (6-10, 240) has decided to transfer out of the program and look for somewhere else to play.

Arkansas sophomore forward Hunter Mickelson will be transferring at the end of the spring semester per his dad Darien.

Darien confirmed that on Tuesday after a sophomore season in which the younger Mickelson (6-10, 240) averaged 5.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and blocked 39 shots.

He played an average of 17 minutes per game his season while starting 20 games and playing in all 31 games.

"We just want him to go somewhere that he can play more minutes and have a chance to play more with his back to the basket," the elder Mickelson said. "He's never gone to a big man camp and he needs to get to one and find a place and a system that is better for him."

The family came to this decision about Mickelson, who had a freshman school-record 72 blocks as a rookie, in the past week according to the dad.

"We had been thinking about it for awhile, but really made the decision about a week ago and there were some variables," Mickelson said. "So we just let them know today."

There has been speculation that Mickelson, a high school star for Westside High in Jonesboro, might end up in his hometown and play for Arkansas State.

"Oh, no," Mr. Mickelson said. "We just made this decision and haven't even begun to think about where might be a good fit for Hunter. That's something that we will begin to do now."

Arkansas signed two 6-10 players last fall in Little Rock Hall McDonald's All-American Bobby Portis and Nigerian-born center Moses Kingsley and will also add in 6-6, 230-pound Houston transfer Alandise Harris, the former Little Rock Central star.

Arkansas now has two available scholarships if it chooses to use them in the month-long spring signing period, which begins on Wednesday and lasts through May 15.

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