Jeff Goodman at ESPN is reporting that Jordan Clarkson is going to forego his senior year, for the Missouri Tigers, and declare eligible for the NBA draft.
Missouri’s Jordan Clarkson is headed to the NBA, sources told ESPN: http://t.co/wyHK5AzFnh
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) March 31, 2014
Clarkson started his career at Tulsa in 2010. After averaging 16 points in his sophomore season he decided to transfer and come be a point guard for Frank Haith at Missouri. He had to sit out all of the 2012-2013 season for transferring.
This year Clarkson averaged 17 points a game and set a game high 31 against Southern Illinois. He averaged 3.4 assists per game with 2.7 turnovers. His turnovers down the stretch are a big reason that Missouri missed the NCAA tournament this year.
Gary Parrish at CBS Sports has Jordan Clarkson predicted to go 55 in the draft. If this is where he ends up going then he is making a mistake. With Earnest Ross graduating this year, Clarkson could come back and move into a scoring position and have Wes Clark being the primary point guard. It would give a great chance to show that he can use his left hand more, which is his main weakness right now as a shooting guard.
The Tigers will now wait to find out if Jabari Brown is going to come back for his senior season. They have already lost 2 of there top 3 scorers in Clarkson and Ross. If Brown declares for the draft then the Tigers will lose all 3 of their double digit scorers. That would make Jonathon WIlliams III the highest scoring returning player at 5 points per game.