FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas junior guard Daryl Macon entered his name in the NBA draft on Friday along with teammate Jaylen Barford. Later Friday, about 8:10 p.m., Macon wrote Razorbacks fans a thank you note.
Macon has since deleted the tweet on which he wrote. Here it is on a screenshot.
Macon could return to Arkansas for the 2017-18 season since he has not hired an agent. A press release from the university said neither he nor Barford would do so.
Rules allow non-senior players to test the waters by declaring for the draft, but pull their name out if feedback is not favorable. The deadline to remove your name from the draft is May 24.
No NBA draft projection site has Macon listed among its top 50 junior prospects. That means his likeliest professional basketball destination is either overseas or in the D-League. A source told SEC Country in January and again this week that Macon was amenable to either.
Barford has not commented since the university’s announcement on Friday. He did, however, retweet someone who suggested Barford was simply testing his stock.
Macon and Barford spent 1 season with the Razorbacks after transferring from Holmes Community College in Mississippi and Motlow State Community College in Tennessee, respectively. Macon was second on the team in scoring, averaging 13.4 points per game. Barford was third with 12.8 points per game.
What it means
Losing Macon and Barford would create a void for Arkansas for the 2017-18 season. Coach Mike Anderson already will be without Moses Kingsley and leading scorer Dusty Hannahs. If Macon and Barford join those 2 and also-exiting senior Manny Watkins, the Razorbacks will lose 74 percent of their scoring from last season.
A potential depth chart would look like this:
The leading returning scorer would be Anton Beard at 7.2 points per game. Daniel Gafford, Darious Hall and Khalil Garland are incoming freshmen. Adrio Bailey and CJ Jones averaged 7.4 and 6.0 minutes per game, respectively, as freshmen in 2016-17.
Two years ago, Arkansas lost its best players — Bobby Portis and Michael Qualls — early to the NBA draft. The Razorbacks finished .500 in the 2015-16 season — 16-16 overall, 9-9 in the SEC.