In a dramatic change of events, one of Eric Musselman’s top-scorers will not be returning to Fayetteville this fall.
A little more than two weeks ago, Isaiah Joe announced he would return to Arkansas for his junior season. The exceptional shooter let Razorback basketball fans get excited before ultimately changing course and re-entering his name into the NBA Draft pool.
“My announcement on Aug. 1 to return to school for another season as a Razborack was made with whole-hearted excitement and sincerity, but a lot has happened in a short period of time since then to increase the uncertainty that college sports will be played this season,” Joe Tweeted.
— Isaiah Joe (@Isaiah_joe10) August 17, 2020
In 2019-20 Joe was the SEC’s top three-point shooter, making 3.62 from long range per game (34.2 3FG%). He averaged 16.9 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. To truly understand his importance to Arkansas, consider that without Joe in the lineup, Arkansas was just 1-5 while he recovered from a knee injury.
In Musselman’s first year the Razorbacks surpassed the 20-win threshold. After losing Joe and Mason Jones, who combined to score more than 36 points per game, repeating that feat in 2020-21 will be a tall task.