Either Isaiah Joe is definitely leaving for pro basketball or a player currently on the roster is leaving are about the only possible explanations for the announcement of Justin Smith signing with Arkansas as a graduate transfer.
Eric Musselman probably knows, but he isn’t really saying anything right now.
The Razorbacks now have 14 players after landing the 6-7 Smith, who started all 32 games for Indiana last year, and the NCAA only allows 13.
Joe declared for the draft but there is nothing but rumor and guesses about whether he’s going pro or coming back to college.
The original date for collegiate athletes to withdraw and remain eligible was set for June 3, but that’s been backed up to Aug. 3 or 10 days after the NBA Combine, whichever comes first.
And there hasn’t been a date set for the combine yet.
Smith averaged 10.4 points a game and 5.4 rebounds but maybe the most interesting part for Musselman was the number of positions he can defend against.
He is the third grad transfer to sign with the Hogs after Jalen Tate and Vance Jackson.