Fourth transfer joining Arkansas
Former Jacksonville University guard JD Notae announced plans Wednesday to transfer to the University of Arkansas after recently making an official visit to Fayetteville.
Notae, 6-2, 185 pounds, reportedly received interest from Creighton, Colorado State, Bradley, Seton Hall, Oklahoma State, Iowa State and others after announcing his plans to transfer in late March.
Razorbacks Coach Eric Musselman showed interest in Notae while at Nevada. Musselman and his staff won him over.
"Just the relationship with the coaches and the way I felt I was already family before I even committed," said Notae, who visited the Hogs on May 14-15.
He was named second team Atlantic Sun Conference after leading the Dolphins in scoring and rebounding with 15.5 points and 6.2 rebounds as a sophomore to go with 3.4 assists and 1.6 steals. He hit 43% of his field goal attempts and shot 32% from beyond the three-point line.
"I bring playmaking and scoring, but also defense," said Notae, who plans to report to Arkansas on Monday. "I can guard bigger people and I feel that I'm a good defensive rebounder."
Notae, who attended Newton High School in Covington, Ga., was named the Atlantic Sun Conference Freshman of the Year in 2018 after averaging 15.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.8 steals, shooting 41% from the field and 40% beyond the three-point line.
He attributes his ability to rebound to playing against his older brother and cousin as a youth.
"It just comes from getting roughed up by my older brother and cousin coming up. Nothing was easy," said Notae, whose cousin played defensive end at Iowa State and had stints in the NFL.
He's the fourth transfer to join the program since the arrival of Musselman. Former Iowa guard Isaiah Moss and North Carolina-Wilmington forward Jeantal Cylla are expected to be immediately eligible to play next season, while California center transfer Connor Vanover plans to seek a waiver for immediate eligibility.
Notae is expected to sit out the 2019-20 season unless he requests and is granted a waiver from the NCAA.
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ASU to implement clear bag policy
Arkansas State University announced Wednesday it is implementing a clear bag policy beginning with the 2019-20 athletic season to enhance security measures and expedite entry into the school's athletic events at Centennial Bank Stadium and First National Bank Arena in Jonesboro.
Approved bags include clear bags no larger than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches, clear plastic one gallon resealable storage bags and clutch purses no larger than 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches.
Bags that will not be approved include backpacks, briefcases, computer bags, camera cases and fanny packs.
Arkansas Tech advances
The Arkansas Tech University men's team finished in sixth place Wednesday at the NCAA Division II National Championship at the Resort at Glade Springs in Daniels, W.Va.
Arkansas Tech advanced to the quarterfinals for the third consecutive year.
The Wonder Boys shot an 870 through three rounds. Barry won the stroke play event with an 846. Lynn was second (853) and was followed by West Florida (862), Florida Southern (866) and Trevecca Nazarene (869).
Austin Gean led the Wonder Boys with a 213 and finished in a five-way tie for sixth place. Shawn Tsai (214) was tied with four other players for 11th place.
Sports on 05/23/2019