Thursday, July 25, 2024

Arkansas loses Anthony Black to NBA, lands Khalif Battle

Arkansas freshman guard Anthony Black declared for the NBA draft on Wednesday, the same day that the Razorbacks picked up a commitment from Temple transfer Khalif Battle.

Black is expected to be a lottery pick in the upcoming draft, ESPN’s No. 8 prospect.

“Being one and done was always a goal of mine, but it wasn’t something I necessarily expected to happen,” Black told ESPN. “Coming in, I was focused on winning games and getting better, knowing the rest will take care of itself.

The 6-foot-7 Black averaged 12.7 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.1 steals in 36 starts this past season. The Hogs also lost freshman Nick Smith Jr. to the draft.

Arkansas landed 6-5 Battle on Wednesday. The guard averaged 17.9 points in 27 games (eight starts) for Temple this past season, his third with the Owls. He began at Butler in 2019-20.

Battle has one season of eligibility remaining. He averages 12.6 points in 69 career games (19 starts) in four seasons.

–Field Level Media

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