Bob Holt is a sports reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A graduate of the University of Missouri, he sits on the board of directors for the U.S. Basketball Writers Association, is a member of the Football Writers Association of America, and a voter for the Heisman Trophy and AP Top 25 basketball poll. He has been awarded Arkansas Sportswriter of the Year four times and has been inducted to the Arkansas Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame.
Isaiah Joe absent from Day 1 of Hogs' team camp
Arkansas guard Isaiah Joe (center) returns to the bench Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, during the second half of the Razorbacks' 78-67 win over Texas Christian in Bud Walton Arena. Joe was held out of the game because of an injury.
FAYETTEVILLE — Isaiah Joe didn’t take part in the University of Arkansas basketball team’s first offseason practice on Monday, but he remains a member of the Razorbacks.
Joe, a 6-5 guard from Fort Smith Northside, didn’t practice because he is still considering whether to keep his name in the NBA Draft as an early entry or withdraw his name and return to Arkansas for his junior season.
“Isaiah was not at the team’s first workout [Monday] as he is still exploring his NBA dream,” Arkansas team spokesman Mike Cawood said. “The program continues to fully support Isaiah as he goes through this process.”
Joe, who averaged 16.9 points last season, has until Aug. 3 to withdraw his name from the draft to retain his college eligibility according to a deadline set by the NCAA after the draft was delayed to Oct. 15 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Joe put his name into the draft as an early entry in April, but has not signed with an agent. He is listed No. 70 on The Athletic's NBA Draft big board.
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