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Basketball: Powell heads to Europe

FAYETTEVILLE — Marshawn Powell was not selected in the 2013 NBA Draft and has decided to begin his professional career overseas.

The 23-year-old forward signed with Ferro-ZNTU Saturday to begin playing in Ukraine.

Powell entered his name into the NBA Draft in March, after the Razorbacks failed to make a national postseason tournament. The Newport News, Va., native was Arkansas’ second-leading scorer, averaging 14.5 points per game, and the team’s leading rebounder, averaging 5.4 boards per game. He also posted a career high 34.6 percent 3-point field goal percentage.

“He had a tremendous junior season after recovering from a knee injury and was a big part of the success that we had this season,” Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said after Powell announced he would forego his final year of eligibility. “He is a skilled forward who can stretch the defense because of his ability to shoot. He can also create by putting it on the floor and has a nice post-up game. I feel that his best basketball is in front of him.”

Powell was a member of the All-Southeastern Conference second team last season. He was also on the SEC All-Freshman team in 2010 along with three Kentucky first-round picks — John Wall, Demarcus Cousins and Eric Bledsoe.

Powell overcame three injuries, a broken hand, a broken foot and torn ligaments in his right knee, to earn the 22nd ranking on Arkansas’ career-scoring list with 1,283 points. He also has 528 rebounds, 120 assists and 96 blocked shots, making him one of five Razorbacks with at least 1,000 points, 400 rebounds, 100 assists and 75 blocked shots. The other four on that list are Todd Day, Corliss Williamson, Scott Hastings and Ron Huery.

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