The trend of underclassmen entering the NBA draft continued on Wednesday after Arkansas Forward Michael Qualls announced he would forgo his final year or eligibility.
The Louisiana native took to Twitter to make his announcement.
During his junior campaign, he averaged 15.9 points per game and helped the Razorbacks reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2008.
Not only was he a productive scorer for Arkansas this past season, but he is also known for posting some acrobatic dunks and is considered a high-flyer.
During the Razorbacks’ NCAA Tournament run, Qualls posted two impressive games against Wofford and North Carolina.
Against Wofford, he scored 20 points and then dropped 27 points and 10 boards in their loss to the Tar Heels. It is no surprise that Arkansas will miss his production and it will be hard to find someone who will be able to duplicate it next season.
“We certainly wish Mike all the best as he pursues his basketball career after college,” stated coach Mike Anderson, via FOX Sports. “I know this was a difficult decision for Mike, but one he ultimately thought was best for him. Mike has improved so much since he arrived on campus three years ago, and hopefully that progression continues.”
Qualls joins fellow teammate Bobby Portis who also announced he too would be leaving Arkansas early to pursue his NBA dream.
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