Arkansas guard Isaiah Joe returns for junior season

One of the NBA Draft decisions that was most up in the air, was the one of Arkansas guard Isaiah Joe. Joe is a guard that had the potential to go in the second round of the upcoming NBA Draft, although that is no longer the case with him deciding to return to Arkansas. 

The 6’5” guard averaged 16.9 points per game while shooting 36.7% from the floor and 34.2% from three. Coming into this season, Joe was known as a knockdown shooter, as he shot 41.4% from three a season ago. An increase in usage mixed with a multitude of nagging injuries seemed to be problems for him a season ago. With an offseason to recover and get better, don’t be surprised if he is able to shoot percentages, similar to where he was the season before. If he can do that, Joe has a very real chance to work himself into the first round of the NBA Draft, while he should help the Razorbacks get to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in the Musselman era. 

Here’s Arkansas’ lineup going into next season: 

PG: KK Robinson

SG: Isaiah Joe

SF: Moses Moody

PF: Justin Smith

C: Vance Jackson

Reserves: JD Notae, Jalen Tate, Jaylin Williams, Connor Vanover

This roster is very talented going into next year, the Razorbacks could be a Top-25 team preseason, they are a team that has a nice 9-man rotation. They also are a team that has a lot of different lineup combinations to go against teams. They can go small-ball and play Smith at the 4 and Jackson at the 5. They can also go big and insert Connor Vanover into the lineup at center, moving everyone down a spot. 

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