Scottie Bordelon is a reporter for the Hawgs Sports Network. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Arkansas and previously covered high school sports for the Times Record in Fort Smith and the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He was the 2022 Arkansas Sportswriter of the Year.
Graham says he will return for 2023-24 season
Arkansas forward Jalen Graham (11) reacts after his dunk, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023, during the second half of the Razorbacks’ 84-65 win over the Florida Gators at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE — Another frontcourt piece says he is returning to Arkansas for the 2023-24 season.
Jalen Graham, a 6-9 forward from Phoenix, announced in a post to his Twitter account Wednesday that he will play a second season with the Razorbacks. He committed to Arkansas on April 7, 2022, after three seasons at Arizona State.
The forward scored in double figures six times last season, including a career-high 26 on 12 of 15 from the field against Florida on Feb. 18. Graham also added 16 points against South Carolina, Alabama and North Carolina-Asheville.
He played in 31 of 36 games and averaged 9.4 minutes, 5.2 points and 2.3 rebounds. An All-Pac-12 second-team performer in 2022, Graham played 10 or fewer minutes in 19 games played in 2022-23, including each of the last 7.
Graham shot 65.5% from the field, 0 of 3 from three-point range and 13 of 35 (37.1%) at the free throw line. He had 7 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 block in Arkansas’ 3 NCAA Tournament games.
CBB Analytics data shows he made 42 of 48 (87.5%) attempts at the rim last season and was 27 of 49 (55.1%) on all other attempts in the lane. Graham, though, was fifth on the team in turnovers (35) despite being ninth in minutes played (291).
Forward Makhi Mitchell, who played 723 minutes and started in 31 games, had 33 turnovers.
Missouri transfer forward Trevon Brazile, who tore the ACL in his right knee last December, announced last week that he will be back in 2023-24.
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