The Arkansas Razorbacks will not be returning their leading scorer to next season's basketball team as Mason Jones made his intentions known that he will be declaring for the 2020 NBA draft.
Mason Jones had a breakout season for the Razorbacks this season averaging 22 points per game. His 22 points per game was the most in a season since Todd Day averaged 22.7 his senior season.
Jones led the Razorbacks in a season that was up and down mostly due to the injury of Isaiah Joe. Jones had to shoulder the scoring load where he scored 30 points in nine SEC games this season and broke the 40 point barrier twice. You would have to go back to Martin Terry (72-74) to find the last Razorback that scored 40 two times in a career.
Arkansas will now be awaiting word on Isaiah Joe on his decision whether or not to enter his name into the draft.
If Joe does decide to join Jones in the NBA draft the roster for the Razorbacks will not be bare, but Arkansas will be replacing several players. Adrio Bailey, Jeantal Cylla, and Jimmy Whitt were seniors. This week, junior guard Jalen Harris announced he would transfer. The Razorbacks signed a hearlded class of freshman rated as which includes Moses Moody, Jaylin Williams, Kalen (KK) Robinson, and Devonte Davis. All those players are rated inside the top 100 and four star players. The class as a whole is rated number seven by 247 sports.
Players do have the opportunity to withdraw their name from the draft and return to school. Jones is not expected to use this option.