A pair of current juniors on the basketball team at Arkansas have made a decision on the 2017 NBA Draft.
As expected, Arkansas juniors Daryl Macon and Jaylen Barford announced on Friday that they plan to enter the 2017 NBA Draft, but will not hire agents, leaving the option open for both players to return to school for their senior seasons.
By not hiring an agent, the two will have the option of returning to Arkansas for their senior season. That is what Moses Kingsley did last year. They have until 10 days following the NBA Draft Combine to make a decision. The NBA Draft Combine is scheduled for May 9-14 in Chicago. Arkansas Coach Mike Anderson has talked to both about their options.
“The new rule for the NBA Draft provides a great opportunity for these guys to workout with NBA teams and get the necessary feedback to make an informed decision,” Anderson said. “Daryl and Jaylen had productive years for us and we will support them every step of the way through this process.”
Macon averaged 13.4 points per game, including a career-high 30-point effort against Ole Miss on Feb. 18. He spearheaded Arkansas’ run to the SEC Tournament championship game for the second time in three seasons, averaging 16.7 points per game to earn SEC All-Tournament Team honors.
“My ultimate goal is to play at the next level and this is an opportunity to see where I stand and get feedback from NBA teams,” said Macon.
Barford came to Arkansas as the No. 1 junior college player in the country and quickly asserted himself in the starting lineup, averaging 12.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. He reached the 20-point plateau five times, including a 20-point, seven-rebound performance to lead Arkansas past Seton Hall in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.
“My dream has always been to play in the NBA and this gives me the chance to go through the process and be evaluated by teams,” said Barford.
The two helped lead Arkansas to a 26-10 record and loss in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to eventual national champion North Carolina. Macon, Barford and the Hogs held a five-point lead with three minutes remaining in the game.