The former McDonald’s All-American was a steady and reliable option for the Razorbacks in his lone season as he played in every game on his way to averaging 12.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 2.1 steals and 45.3% FG. Black joins Nick Smith Jr., Ricky Council and Devo Davis as players from last year’s team to test the professional waters.
Black’s decision should come as no surprise to most fans, as he’s projected as a potential lottery selection in this year’s draft. In ESPN’s latest mock draft, Black is projected to be selected at No. 10 overall by the Portland Trail Blazers and in USA Today’s mock draft he’s projected to be selected at No. 9 by the Utah Jazz.
If those projections turn out to be true, he could potentially be the highest Razorback player selected since Joe Johnson in 2001.
As for the current roster, his announcement provides some clarity as it opens up an available scholarship which Eric Musselman will likely use fairly quickly on another transfer portal addition.
NEWS: Arkansas freshman Anthony Black, a projected top-10 pick, will enter the 2023 NBA draft and forgo his remaining college eligibility, he told @malika_andrews on NBA Today.
— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) April 12, 2023