Hogs Fall Apart at the End, Lose Second-Straight Game

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Former Arkansas Razorback shooting guard Isaiah Joe was selected in the second round as the 49th overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2020 NBA Draft last night. Former Hog shooting guard Mason Jones was not picked, but signed a two-way contract with the Houston Rockets.

Despite missing six games last season due to injury, Joe connected with 94 three-pointers. Last season, Joe led the Southeastern Conference in 3-pointers per game at 3.6, and was also fourth-highest in the nation.

“Congrats @zai_joe1! A second round pick with first round value!” Arkansas head coach Eric Musselman tweeted. “We can’t wait to follow your NBA career!”

Joe averaged 16.9 points per game, had a field goal percentage of 46.7% and averaged over 36 minutes each game.

Jones was the Razorbacks’ leading scorer last season, averaging 22 points per game. After going undrafted, the Rockets signed him to a two-way contract after the draft concluded.

“Congrats @masonjones2 on signing with the @HoustonRockets!” Musselman tweeted. “A workaholic that is driven to be great. We can’t wait to follow your pro career!”

Jones hit the national scene as a junior and took the SEC by storm. He earned several awards last season, including co-SEC Player of the Year and first-team All-SEC in both the coaches’ and AP polls. Jones was named an AP All-American Honorable Mention and declared for the draft at the end of March.

“Houston just got the best player in the draft....” Jones tweeted. “In Due time.... All God.”

At first, Isaiah Joe announced that he would return to Arkansas for his junior season but changed his decision in mid-August, mostly because of the uncertainty of the upcoming year of college basketball due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Hogs are set to tip off the 2020-21 campaign Wednesday, Nov. 25, against the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils inside Bud Walton Arena.

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