Mason Jones has signed with an agent — not one of the ones that let you withdraw — and is likely gone from Arkansas, but exactly where he’s headed won’t be known for a few more weeks.
Jones obviously would like a shot with an NBA team and get picked whenever they get around to having a draft (scheduled for June). It seems the mock drafts and analysts all have a different read on where he stands.
Kevin McPherson at NWAHomePage.com cited sources split on the decision. One has him going in the second round and another saying it’s a mistake for him to be leaving school.
“We’ve done all the research we can do up to this point,” Eric Musselman said last week. “I’ve talked to 23 NBA teams, supplied them the information and we support all of our guys in any of their professional aspirations. We’re behind them 100 percent in whatever decision they make. The only thing we can do is provide information through our multiple, many, many contacts that we have.”
Make what you want of that, but I’m not sure the statement would be the same if Musselman was confident Jones would be picked in the two-round draft. Just an opinion.
The deadline to withdraw and try to back-track all this for Jones is June 3, but that would now involve getting a waiver from the NCAA.
Razorback fans are awaiting word on Isaiah Joe, who is exploring his options but so far hasn’t made any direction he might be leaning clear.
Joe is rated higher in most rankings out there than Jones, but might benefit as much by coming back for another year.