Macon, Barford enter draft but don't hire agents

As expected.

http://www.arkansasrazorbacks.com/macon … re-agents/

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Not a huge shock. This allows them to get feedback. Not necessarily a big deal unless they both just really want to get paid overseas. Neither in the top 100 for Draft Express or ESPN. Neither among the 62 juniors Draft Express lists as candidates.

They have until June 12, 10 days before the draft, to withdraw, provided they don’t hire an agent.

This is my least favorite part of the sports year. Sweat it out season.

Ditto. Bet it’s even more stressful for the coaches. Because it affects their recruiting. While it’s likely they return, just in case they decide to stay in the draft the staff has to recruit as if they won’t be here. And I bet it’s a tough sell to tell kids “Hey, we like you, want you here, but you gotta wait and see if these other guys will leave before we offer you.” I know personally if I was one of those kids, I’d just look for a school that does have room for me and not put myself at risk on missing an opportunity waiting to see what someone else does.

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Not a huge shock. This allows them to get feedback. Not necessarily a big deal unless they both just really want to get paid overseas. Neither in the top 100 for Draft Express or ESPN. Neither among the 62 juniors Draft Express lists as candidates.

They have until June 12, 10 days before the draft, to withdraw, provided they don’t hire an agent.
[/quote]June 12 would be too late. They actually have 10 days after combine. It ends on 5/15. Thecdealine to withdraw is 5/25.

I worry about Barford. NBA body and a potential upside to become a PG. He could impress the heck out of someone who had not seen him a lot because Arkansas was underexposed.

Yeah, you’re right. Someone pointed it out on Twitter and I updated the story but forgot to update the post. The NBA’s deadline is in June, but that’s more for foreign guys. Like you said, the NCAA’s is 10 days after the combine, which will be over May 14. So they have until May 24.

Maybe. I think it’s an extreme long shot for either to get a combine invite. Moses probably won’t even get an invite.

Jaylen has upside, but I think his lack of shooting, how far he still has to go to be a PG and the likelihood that he’d struggle to guard quick NBA PGs limit the chance anyone falls in love with him this year.

Don’t disagree at all. Just a bit of a worry if you want to jump on the pessimistic side.

I understand both of them are likely to return, but Bob Holt took some heavy criticism for asking the players if they were coming back. This is the very reason that question had to be asked. He wouldn’t have done his job without following up on the “no comment.” They were thinking about going pro. No one can blame them, but no one should blame Bob, either.

Even though our team will be better if they return, since they play for the Razorbacks, I would be delighted if one or both were drafted. And, it could only help in recruiting.

However, I don’t see that as much of a possibility since neither are listed in the top 37 players of the SEC. Regardless, they will be getting excellent feedback from NBA teams about areas they need to work on so, if they are not drafted, next year they will be NBA ready.

I just hope they are still going to class.

For all we know, both may be cool with going NBA development league or overseas. Money isn’t that good and longevity sometimes worse. But it’s a job.

We often forget the allure of making a little money for oneself to pay some bills even if it is not smart long term play and very short lived.

Personally I think good for the team of course if they return and I hope mike is managing process as a coach has to at top level program these days in these matters.
But we shouldn’t be surprise if young guys choose a little glitter even if not gold because a little glitter helps pay some bills even if potentially short sighting future.

Barford probably needs to demonstrate better perimeter shooting, and both probably need to be better ballhandlers to work their way into the draft. Assuming they return, I think scouts will and should keep an eye on them next season because of unique abilities. Barford is exceptional at finishing in traffic. A lot of guards can shoot 40% from the arc these days, but Macon can shoot a high percentage off the bounce without much room, which isn’t common. He’s also shown flashes of being a nifty distributor but needs more consistency and less TOs.

They are both still going to class and both are going through the spring workouts that the team has.