Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Hunter Mickelson to leave Arkansas
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Hunter Mickelson appears to be on the verge of becoming the latest Arkansas basketball player to transfer.
The father of the Arkansas forward said Tuesday the sophomore has asked for and been granted his release by coach Mike Anderson. Darien Mickelson said his 6-foot-10 son is waiting on a meeting with Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long to complete the transfer request.
"We're going to try and go somewhere else," Mickelson said. "It wasn't really a good fit for us basketball-wise. We love the university and the campus and everything that went with it, but the system and individual development-wise it isn't where we need to be at."
Hunter Mickelson set the school record for most blocks in a season by a freshman (72) last season, but he struggled to develop a consistent offensive game in two seasons under Anderson. The sophomore averaged 5.5 points per game this season in an average of 16.9 minutes per game, once again leading the Razorbacks in blocked shots (39).
A spokesman for Anderson said the coach couldn't be reached for comment Tuesday.
Mickelson was originally recruited by former coach John Pelphrey. He was part of a heralded recruiting class that included BJ Young, Devonta Abron and Ky Madden.
Madden is the lone remaining member of the class, Anderson's first after leaving Missouri for the Razorbacks. Abron transferred to TCU after last season, and Young last month declared for the NBA draft.
Arkansas was 19-13 this season, 10-8 in the Southeastern Conference. The Razorbacks missed the NCAA tournament for the fifth consecutive season.
Darien Mickelson said his son will finish the semester at Arkansas before beginning to look at other schools.
"We're looking for some place that uses the big man and can use his skill set of running the floor and being able to step outside and shoot," Mickelson said. "Just trying to put him in a better position to succeed."