With the season over for the Arkansas men’s basketball, many Razorback fans are eagerly awaiting, so see if freshman star Moses Moody declares himself for the NBA Draft.
The Little Rock native would be the first to do this in Arkansas history if he left for the pros. And Jimmy Dykes, a former NBA scout for the Seattle Supersonics, thinks Moody has the attitude required for the next level.
“He’s a phenomenal kid. And the NBA scouts I’ve spoken to over the year, they all know he’s a phenomenal person. And that’s really important in this league right now and it’s in his favor for the future, in terms of being coachable, being tough, having a great work ethic, never having a bad attitude, to have a plan in life, not to have problems looking for. It’s a really big deal and Moses checks all of those boxes, ”said Dykes, who was a former head coach of the Razorbacks women’s basketball team.
While Moody didn’t have the performance in the NCAA tournament that many expected, Dykes doesn’t think it will affect his draft stock.
“He didn’t have the best month of March and some NBA scouts will put more emphasis on the last three or four games than other NBA scouts. A lot of NBA scouts will say, ‘Well I’m going to look at all of this work and it’s been great,’ ”Dykes said. “Three of his last four games before the NCAA (tournament), he had 28 nights of points. So, are you going to think of this as an NBA scout? Or are you going to watch, “Yeah, but that NCAA tournament”. There were times when you really weren’t sure. I think Moses is surrounded by very good people who will receive very good information and make the best decision for him.
Moody can show up to the NBA Draft and test the waters of his league hopes. If a player does not hire an agent when declaring the NBA Draft, NCAA rules allow a player to return to school for another season.
If Moody engages in representation, he cannot return to Arkansas. But Dykes still thinks Moody is one of the best players in this year’s draft in June.
“(He) shows the recruiting world that you can go to Arkansas and be a single player and a potential lottery pick. I think that’s where it will land again. There are now question marks about, will he withdraw from the lottery? I’m not sure about that. There is so much to this decision by the summer. “
Either way, eventually the chips drop, Dykes knows Moody has given Arkansas so much in such a short time.
“When you grow up like this and wear that Razorback uniform, it means a little something extra to you and I know it does to Moses. He’s a phenomenal kid on and off the ground, ”Dykes said. “There are a lot of good things Mosses has done for the team this year, there are a lot of good things he has done for the upcoming program because of the example he has set for young players. who might want to be a razor someday. “