Bobby Portis Declares For Early NBA Draft Entry

Arkansas sophomore Bobby Portis is leaving school and heading to the NBA.

The 6-foot-11 forward, who helped lead Arkansas to its best season since the Nolan Richardson era, tweeted the news on Tuesday.

Portis was the first Razorback since Corliss Williamson to win the SEC Player of the Year award. He averaged 17.5 points, 8.9 rebounds and shot 54 percent from the field, and is the first player at Arkansas to ever to reach 1,000 points and 500 rebounds by the end of his sophomore season.

Analysts have Portis projected as a lottery pick or a first-rounder in the 2015 NBA Draft, scheduled for June 25.

Arkansas junior guard Michael Qualls, still hasn’t announced whether he will join Portis or return for his final season.