How UA underclassmen have fared in NBA Draft

By: WholeHogSports
Published: Thursday, March 28, 2013
Ronnie Brewer talks during a press conference at Bud Walton Arena on April 7, 2006 as he announced he would enter the NBA draft without an agent.
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Ronnie Brewer talks during a press conference at Bud Walton Arena on April 7, 2006 as he announced he would enter the NBA draft without an agent.

This week, BJ Young and Marshawn Powell became the latest in a relatively small group of Arkansas underclassmen who have entered the NBA Draft. Below is a look at how other Razorbacks have fared after making the same decision.

Corliss Williamson, 1995, Junior

Williamson was drafted by the Sacramento Kings with the 13th overall selection and played 12 years in the NBA with three different franchises. In 2002 he was named the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year while playing for the Philadelphia 76ers and in 2004 he was a member of the Detroit Pistons' NBA championship team.

Scotty Thurman, 1995, Junior

For many years Thurman was the poster child for college stars making the leap to the NBA too early. After earning all-SEC honors his first three years at Arkansas, Thurman was not drafted and never played in the NBA. He did make a successful pro career overseas, however.

Darnell Robinson, 1996, Junior

Robinson was drafted with the final pick of the NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks and later signed with the Philadelphia 76ers, but never played in the league. Most of his pro years were spent in Europe.

Joe Johnson, 2001, Sophomore

Johnson was the 10th overall pick in the 2001 draft and is currently in his 12th season professionally. He is a six-time all-star and currently the leading scorer for the Brooklyn Nets.

Al Jefferson, 2004, High School Senior

Jefferson was the jewel of Arkansas' 2004 signing class, but he never made it to campus after declaring for the draft out of high school. He was drafted with the 15th overall pick by the Boston Celtics and has played the last three seasons for the Utah Jazz.

Olu Famutimi, 2005, Sophomore

Highly-recruited out of high school, Famutimi averaged 8.3 points as a collegiate. He left Arkansas after just two years and went undrafted by the NBA. He has since played for the Canadian national team and currently plays professional basketball in Europe.

Ronnie Brewer, 2006, Junior

Brewer spent three years at Arkansas and was the 14th overall pick in the 2006 draft by the Utah Jazz. He has spent seven years in the NBA, playing for five franchises. He was traded to the New York Knicks prior to the current season and to the Oklahoma City Thunder in February.

Courtney Fortson, 2010, Sophomore

After a somewhat troubled two years at Arkansas, Fortson went undrafted after declaring in 2010. He briefly made NBA rosters for the Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets, but has spent the majority of his professional career in the NBA D-League.


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