Richard Davenport covers recruiting for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He is the host of Recruiting Thursday, a weekly radio show that airs from 7 to 8 p.m. on 92.1 FM in Fayetteville; 93.7 FM in Little Rock; 95.3 FM in Fort Smith; 96.3 FM in Hot Springs; 104.3 FM in Harrison/Mountain Home; and 106.9 FM in Arkadelphia.
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Mawein granted release from NLI
Junior college forward Akol Mawein, who signed with Arkansas for the 2021 class, has been given a release from his national letter of intent and will play his college basketball elsewhere.
Razorbacks associate head coach David Patrick had a long-term relationship with Mawein and was his lead recruiter.
With his departure and forward Abayomi Iyiola announcing plans to transfer, Arkansas has three scholarship spots open.
Mawein, 6-10, 220 pounds, of Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas, averaged 12.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and an assist per game last season while shooting 48.1% from the floor, 31.3% beyond the three-point line and 70.2% at the free throw line.
He averaged 13.5 points, 5 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game as a freshman for Navarro while shooting 47.5% from the floor, 32.8% from three-point range and 62.4% from the line.
Before attending Navarro, Mawein played at Southwest Christian Academy in Little Rock as a junior and senior. He also played for the Woodz Elite program on the Nike EYBL circuit.
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