- Feb 2, 2012
If it's all about a one-year "showcase" of your skills, I'm not sure how that comes into play. He'd be a guaranteed starter for UM this coming season, maybe the 4th guard at Arkansas. How does that help set you up for the professional ranks, overseas or in this country?
1. "Guaranteed Starter". Rodney Miller might be a "guaranteed starter" at UM. Almost anyone is a guaranteed starter here. Maybe this is part of the problem (more on this later).
2. As for his ability to "showcase" his skills and starting at Arkansas, I doubt he is concerned about competing. That isn't his MO. I also don't think Arkansas has anyone like him remaining. Remember...With senior starters Jalen Tate and Justin Smith expected to depart and freshman wing Moses Moody a projected first-round pick, Razorbacks coach Eric Musselman is aiming to reload via the transfer portal -- as he's done the past several seasons with Arkansas and Nevada.
Musselman loves transfers and I am sure he knows how unique Lykes is and what he can do for Arkansas. Don't be shocked if Lykes is a stud at Arkansas in his last season.
3. Perhaps it isn't about playing time or showcasing his skills, perhaps he is sick of Coach L and this staff. Perhaps he wants to win and go far in the NCAAT. Three straight losing seasons can have a tremendous impact on someone who wants to compete and win. Combine that with the fact that many players here want to leave town; I can easily see why someone wants to leave and play for a much better program/coach.