After the best 3 years, Notae begins his professional career

FAYETTEVILLE — University of Arkansas All-American shooting guard JD Notae will have to settle for scoring 1,999 points in his college career.

Notae announced Sunday on his Instagram account that he will enter his name in the 2022 NBA Draft and sign with an agent.

Notae could have played another season in college due to the extra year of eligibility granted by the NCAA in response to the coronavirus pandemic that prematurely ended the 2019-20 season.

But Notae, who is 23 and will turn 24 on Oct. 27, decided to pass up a sixth season of college in favor of starting his professional career. ranks Notae as the No. 47 prospect in the draft and No. 49 on its big board. This year’s draft, which will take place June 23 at Barclays Center, where the Brooklyn Nets play, has two rounds with 60 total picks.

Notae, who played two seasons at Jacksonville (Fla.) University and then transferred and redshirted at Arkansas and played two seasons, thanked God, the Razorbacks coaching staff, his teammates and the fans. in his Instagram post.

“The last three years in Arkansas have been the best of my life,” Notae said. “I wouldn’t trade the memories I’ve created for anything, and Fayetteville will always have a special place in my heart.”

The 6-2 Notae, who is from Covington, Georgia, added that it has been his dream to play professional basketball.

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Notae averaged 18.3 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 2.3 steals and 33.2 minutes this season when he was named third-team All-American by The Associated Press and The Sporting News and coaches voted as a player. of the All-SEC first team. and means

Last season, Notae was voted the SEC’s Sixth Man of the Year by conference coaches when he averaged 12.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 22.5 minutes off the bench.

Notae scored 14 points in his final college game against Duke, which beat Arkansas 78-69 in the NCAA Tournament West Region final to finish one point shy of 2,000. He scored 1,070 points at Arkansas and 929 at Jacksonville. .

“JD has had two amazing seasons,” Razorbacks coach Eric Musselman said after the Duke game. “His growth of him in his game has been remarkable on both sides of basketball.

“He and I are connected… Sometimes I don’t have to say words to him. He reads my mind, but he’s had a really phenomenal two years, and he also had a phenomenal year off.

“He has a personality that everyone on the team likes, and when you have a leading scorer and everyone likes you, it speaks to his personality and how connected he is with the guys.”

Arkansas second-year forward Jaylin Williams said after the Duke game that Notae was a great teammate and leader on and off the court.

“He does a lot for this team,” Williams said. “He creates for himself, he creates for everyone else, he defends himself. He does everything. He keeps everyone connected. It’s been great playing with him.”

Notae’s decision to turn pro leaves Arkansas with 13 scholarship players on their roster for next season, the NCAA limit, for next season.

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But there are likely to be more changes.

The current roster includes shooting guard Au’Diese Toney, a senior starter who has an extra season of eligibility remaining.

Williams, a first-team All-SEC selection who averaged 10.9 points and 9.8 rebounds and drew 54 charges, has worked his way into draft consideration. He could declare for the draft and go through the scouting combine, if he’s among the 60 players invited, and retain his eligibility if he decides to return to Arkansas for his junior season.

The deadline for early draft tickets is April 24. The withdrawal deadline is June 13. The scouting combine is May 16-22 in Chicago.

Other returnees on Arkansas’ roster include second-year guards Davonte Davis and Jaxson Robinson and junior forwards Kamani Johnson and Connor Vanover.

Robinson and Vanover played 16 and 15 games, respectively, averaging 4.8 and 7.7 minutes and could be transfer candidates.

Guards KK Robinson and Chance Moore have already entered the portal.

The Razorbacks are adding at least seven newcomers with six freshmen and Missouri transfer forward Trevon Brazile.

Arkansas’ freshman signings include five of the top 100 players, led by McDonald’s All-Americans Nick Smith and Jordan Walsh along with Barry Dunning, Derrian Ford and Joseph Pinion.

Anthony Black, also a McDonald’s All-American, has committed to signing with Arkansas in the spring term.

This is the first time Arkansas will have three McDonald’s All-Americans in the same draft class.

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