Arkansas junior Marshawn Powell declared for the NBA Draft
last week via Twitter.
Powell had an excellent career with the Razorbacks. He
recorded 1,270 points and 519 rebounds after major set backs due to multiple
Besides having a great junior year, after coming off an ACL
tear, Powell hasn't done enough to play in the NBA. He just isn't ready yet. One more season with the Razorbacks, he will sure be ready.
I'm sure a reason Powell is entering the draft is his injury
prone body may not be able to take another year, so he rather make it to the
pros while he's healthy.
If you look at NBA Mock Draft's from any expert, Powell isn't
listed in a single one. Give him one more year and he will be a first round
Powell is a threat in the inside as well as the outside. He
isn't afraid to post someone up or step out and take a three. Which is a common
trait in the NBA today. Look at LeBron James, he will post you up or take an
Staying one more year, Powell can work on his game and
improve his flaws. He can work more on his post moves and become more dominant
in the post, instead of relying on his outside game.
Although Powell is
tough, he needs to hit the weight room. Working in the weight room this
offseason, there is no doubt Powell would be the strongest player in the SEC
Another area of improvement would be consentience,
especially during road games. At home Powell was posting multiple 20-point
games and then going on the road and posting single digit scoring.
In one more year, Powell can raise his draft stock
significantly by improving his game and leading the Hogs to a great season.