LOOK: NBA Draft selections from Arkansas since 2001

Jaylin Williams became the 9th former Razorback since 2001 to be selected in the NBA Draft. Who are the other eight?

Arkansas is no stranger to developing talent that carries over to lengthy careers at the next level. The Razorbacks have continued that trend since the turn of the century.

With the selection of Jaylin Williams in the 2nd round by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2022 NBA Draft, the total number of Razorbacks selected to the NBA Draft since 2001 has risen to nine.

Out of those eight prior selections, there have been two NBA Champions, as well as a handful of players who have gone on to play eight-plus seasons in the NBA.

Currently, A Razorback has been taken in four straight NBA Drafts (Jaylin Williams, Moses Moody, Isaiah Joe, Daniel Gafford), and seven are currently on NBA rosters.

Here’s a look at every Razorback taken in the NBA Draft since 2001.

PHOTO GALLERY: First look at Jaylin Williams as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder

Jaylin Williams is officially a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder!

Arkansas forward [autotag]Jaylin Williams[/autotag] became the third player in the [autotag]Eric Musselman[/autotag] era to be selected in the NBA Draft last Thursday when he was selected 34th overall by the Oklahoma City Thunder.

“He’s going to be a great fit with the Thunder. He is a player that should be able to come in right away and contribute due to his high basketball I.Q., his ability to rebound and his play on dribble-handoffs,” said Musselman following Williams’ selection. “Our staff is extremely happy for Jaylin and his family.”

Williams has been a valuable member of Razorbacks Basketball over the last two seasons. In 63 career games at Arkansas, Williams has scored 499 points, pulled down 485 rebounds, and has a free throw percentage of 0.731.

During his sophomore campaign in 2021-22, Williams scored 10.9 points per game to go along with 9.83 rebounds per game for head coach Eric Musselman’s squad that ended their season in the Elite 8 for the second straight season.

Some notes of Williams’ introduction to the Thunder franchise, he met with fellow player of the same name who was also drafted by Oklahoma City, Jalen Williams. He also received his jersey number, he will wear No. 6 as a member of the Thunder.

PHOTO GALLERY: First look at Jaylin Williams as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder

Jaylin Williams is officially a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder!

Arkansas forward [autotag]Jaylin Williams[/autotag] became the third player in the [autotag]Eric Musselman[/autotag] era to be selected in the NBA Draft last Thursday when he was selected 34th overall by the Oklahoma City Thunder.

“He’s going to be a great fit with the Thunder. He is a player that should be able to come in right away and contribute due to his high basketball I.Q., his ability to rebound and his play on dribble-handoffs,” said Musselman following Williams’ selection. “Our staff is extremely happy for Jaylin and his family.”

Williams has been a valuable member of Razorbacks Basketball over the last two seasons. In 63 career games at Arkansas, Williams has scored 499 points, pulled down 485 rebounds, and has a free throw percentage of 0.731.

During his sophomore campaign in 2021-22, Williams scored 10.9 points per game to go along with 9.83 rebounds per game for head coach Eric Musselman’s squad that ended their season in the Elite 8 for the second straight season.

Some notes of Williams’ introduction to the Thunder franchise, he met with fellow player of the same name who was also drafted by Oklahoma City, Jalen Williams. He also received his jersey number, he will wear No. 6 as a member of the Thunder.

Stanley Umude, Detroit Pistons agree to Exhibit 10 deal

Umude joins Jaylin Williams as members of last season’s roster to earn a chance to compete at the next level.

After the thrill of the NBA Draft settled, one former Razorback signed a free agent deal with an NBA franchise.

[autotag]Stanley Umude[/autotag], who spent one season at Arkansas following a four-year career at South Dakota, has signed an Exhibit 10 deal with the Detroit Pistons.

The deal means that Umude will receive a one-year, league-minimum salary that will count towards the team’s 20-man roster. However, the contract can be altered to become a two-way contract, where Umude would split time between the Pistons and their G-League affiliate, the Motor City Cruise.

In one season at Arkansas, Umude scored 11.9 points per game, 4.6 rebounds per game, and shot 72% from the free-throw stripe in 37 games, making 26 starts.

Umude thrived against SEC competition. He scored over 20 points in six games last season, with five of them being against conference foes. His best game of the season came against Georgia on February 2, where he dropped 31 points in 36 minutes of action.

Umude joins [autotag]Jaylin Williams[/autotag] as players from last season’s roster to earn a chance to play at the next level. Williams was drafted 34th overall by the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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The 2023 NBA Mock Draft features Arkansas in lottery, three likely picks

Nick Smith Jr. will almost certainly be a lottery selection while Jordan Walsh and Anthony Black are projected to be picked, too.

Arkansas coach Eric Musselman brought in the No. 2 recruiting class in the country and the No. 5 transfer portal class in the country. It has the Razorbacks reloaded and likely ranked inside the Top 10 come November.

In this day and age, it’s to be determined how long that crew will be together, but 2022-23 should be an extraordinary season featuring the most individual talent Arkansas has had in years.

For instance, freshman guard Nick Smith Jr. is projected to go No. 3 in next year’s NBA Draft.

“Smith is an electric shot-creating guard who goes hard on both ends of the court in ways that NBA executives love. He should be the best player for an Arkansas team that on paper looks like a legitimate national title contender,” his write-up reads.”

Fellow freshman Jordan Walsh is also likely to be projected in the late first round or early second round and five-star guard Anthony Black could be the same.

Former Arkansas forward Jaylin Williams was taken in the 2022 Draft on Thursday night by the Oklahoma City Thunder. His selection marked the fourth straight year the Razorbacks have had a pick taken.

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Jaylin Williams’ draft stock continues climbing as he’s tabbed to be taken by Oklahoma City

Jaylin Williams could be taken higher in the draft than any former Hog in the last 14 years outside Bobby Portis and Moses Moody.

Former Arkansas forward Jaylin Williams will almost certainly be taken in the NBA draft Thursday night. The question is where and when.

According to the latest intel gathered by ESPN, Williams will be nabbed by the Oklahoma City Thunder at pick No. 34.

If Williams were to go there, he’d be higher than every Arkansas draft choice the last 14 years other than Moses Moody and Bobby Portis, both of whom went in the first round (and both of whom captured the last two NBA championships).

Back in January, Williams was barely on draft boards. But his breakout season, especially during SEC play, put him on the radar. As recently as May, Williams was tabbed to fall into the mid-40s. An impressive stint at the Scouting Camp has pushed him even higher.

The draft takes place Thursday night beginning at 7 p.m. CT and can be seen on ESPN.

Eric Musselman shares positive thoughts on Dave Van Horn

Head Coach Eric Musselman has been spotted in Omaha cheering on Arkansas Baseball. On Monday, he shared his thoughts on Dave Van Horn with SiriusXM’s SEC Radio

Arkansas baseball has received tons of fan support as they compete in the College World Series for the 11th time in history. The leader of the program for seven of those trips has been head coach [autotag]Dave Van Horn[/autotag].

Not only have Razorback fans trekked to Omaha to cheer on the Razorbacks, but so have leaders of other sports. Athletic Director [autotag]Hunter Yurachek[/autotag], head football coach [autotag]Sam Pittman[/autotag], and head men’s basketball coach [autotag]Eric Musselman[/autotag] were all spotted in the stands of Arkansas’ game with Ole Miss on Monday night.

Prior to the game against the Rebels, head coach Eric Musselman joined SEC Radio on Sirius XM to discuss a handful of topics, including the success of all athletic programs at the University of Arkansas. Since Razorbacks Baseball is competing in the College World Series, baseball and head coach Dave Van Horn were brought up as well.

During the interview, Musselman described the success that Van Horn has had at Arkansas, even saying that he is the greatest of all time.

“There’s just a lot of really, really cool things that’s happened with our athletic department. There is pressure with the baseball team. There’s pressure with all of the sports. I mean, you look at what the men’s and women’s track team does. But, certainly, Dave Van Horn is the G.O.A.T. To see what he’s done. To have one good year, anybody can do that. But when you sustain success year after year after year like Coach Van Horn has done, he truly is a legend in the coaching profession.” 

The Razorbacks look to extend their stay at the College World Series on Tuesday, but will need to take care of Auburn to do so. First pitch between the Razorbacks and Tigers is set for 6 p.m. CDT.

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First Bracketology for 2022-23 is out and Arkansas is sitting pretty

Even with 12 new players on the roster, Arkansas is expected to dominant again in 2022-23.

Arkansas coach Eric Musselman has just two players back from last year’s Elite Eight team. But the master of the transfer portal has simply reloaded.

With six players in via the portal and six freshmen who make up the No. 2 recruiting class in the country, the Razorbacks are expected to not only be SEC contenders, but on the short list of potential national champions.

ESPN’s Joe Lunardi put out his first Bracketology of the offseason and he slotted Arkansas as No. 3 seed. That’s tied for second in the SEC tied with Tennessee, which also earned a No. 3, and behind Kentucky, which was a No. 1 seed.

What’s most fun about Arkansas’ seeding is the potential Sweet 16 matchup. Baylor is the second-seed in the region. The two are scheduled to play in January as part of the Big/SEC Challenge and played in the Elite Eight two seasons ago, the year Baylor won the national title.

Lunardi has seven SEC teams tabbed for NCAA Tournament selection: Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Auburn, Alabama, Texas A&M and Florida.

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Arkansas basketball to play in Europe this fall

With a dozen new players, on-court experience in August will help Arkansas gel faster.

The Arkansas basketball team is headed out on the road in the fall. Way out on the road.

The Razorbacks are headed to Italy and Spain from August 6-16 for a set of four expected exhibition games.

“We will get 10 extra, full practices to prepare for the trip,” Arkansas coach Eric Musselman said. “Second, the ability to play others, not just scrimmage each other, will be critical for this team with so many new faces.”

Arkansas has just two players returning from last year’s roster. Guard Devo Davis and forward Kamani Johnson will help integrate the six freshmen who make up the No. 2 recruiting class in the country. The Hogs are also breaking in six players from the transfer portal.

As such, the games will help the new faces adjust to each other on the court before the season begins in November.

Arkansas will play three games in Spain and one in Italy during the trip, which is the program’s first overseas since the 2016 team went to Spain. The NCAA allows teams one international trip every four years.

Musselman went to Costa Rica in 2017 when he was at Nevada and China in 2013 when he was at Arizona State.

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Arkansas native and former Razorback Moses Moody wins NBA Championship

Former Arkansas guard Moses Moody and the Golden State Warriors beat the Boston Celtics to claim the crown Thursday.

Moses Moody is an NBA champion.

The rookie guard captured the title in his first season in the NBA when the Golden State Warriors beat the Boston Celtics in Thursday’s Game Six of the NBA Finals, 103-90.

It was the Warriors’ sixth title appearance in the last eight seasons and their fourth win.

Klay Thompson led Golden State with 34 points on 12 of 21 shooting, including going 6 of 11 from 3-point range.

Moody played in four games of the series and 52 of the team’s regular-season games with 11 starts. He is expected to take on an even larger role next year.

Moody played high-school basketball at Little Rock Parkview and North Little Rock before transferring at Montverde Academy for his senior season. After high school, he chose Arkansas, where he was the highest-ranked recruit the Razorbacks had landed since Bobby Portis.

With the Hogs, Moody was named SEC Freshman of the Year and helped the Razorbacks to their first Elite Eight appearance since 1995.

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