FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas guard Isaiah Joe was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round (49th overall pick) in the 2020 NBA Draft.
Joe is the 39th Razorback to be drafted in the NBA and the 20th within the first two rounds. As the overall 49th pick, Joe is the 21st highest Razorback selected – trailing three-time NBA All-Defensive team pick Patrick Beverly (taken 42nd overall in 2009). Joe is the first Razorback to drafted by the 76ers since Fred Grim in 1956 when the franchise was the Syracuse Nationals.
Joe averaged 15.2 points per game – including 16.9 to rank seventh in the SEC in 2019-20 and 13.9 to rank 15th in the SEC in 2018-19). He dished out 103 career assists, had 87 career steals and led the team in taking charges both seasons (18 in 2019-20 and 27 in 2018-19).
Joe had two impressive seasons at Arkansas, earning USBWA All-District VII honors both seasons. This past year, he was one of 10 mid-season finalists for the Jerry West Award, given annually to the nation’s top shooting guard, prior to missing a total of six games due to a knee injury. After returning from his surgery, Joe averaged 20.0 points per game over the final six games of the season. Overall, Arkansas was 0-5 in games Joe missed after his surgery.
- He had two of the school’s top six single-season marks for 3-pointers made – including a school-record 113 as a freshman and sixth-best 94 as a sophomore.
- His 207 career triples made ranks seventh in Razorback history.
- His career 3-point percentage of .390 (207-548) ranks ninth in school history.
- Owns the top two single-season marks for 3-pointers attempted (275 in 2019-20 and 273 in 2018-19) and his 548 career 3-pointers attempted ranks sixth in school history.
- He was 12-of-12 at the free throw line versus Tennessee this past season, which tied the school record for percentage and he is the only Razorback to go at least 12-of-12 at the line in an SEC game.
- His career free throw percentage of .878 in SEC games is second-best in school history.
- He scored in double figures in 50 of his 60 career games and made at least three 3-pointers in a game 38 times.
AS A SOPHOMORE:
- Named USBWA All-District VII
- SEC Player of the Week after leading Arkansas to a win at Indiana
- Led the SEC (4th in the NCAA) in 3-pointers made per game (3.62)
- Led the SEC (18th in the NCAA) in total 3-pointers made (94 – 6th on UA single-season list)
- Led the SEC (9tin the NCAA) in 3-pointers attempted (school-record 275)
- 3rd in the SEC (14th in the NCAA) in free throw percentage (.890 – 10th on UA single-season list)
- 3rd in the SEC in minutes per game (36:04)
- 4th in the SEC in 3-point field goal percentage (.342)
- 7th in the SEC in scoring (16.9 ppg)
- Only missed two free throws in SEC games (43-of-45) and his .956 percentage set an Arkansas single-season record in such games
AS A FRESHMAN:
- Named USBWA All-District VII
- Named SEC All-Freshman Team
- Set Arkansas records for 3-pointers made in a season (113) and 3-pointers made in SEC games (60) – overall, his 13 3’s made ranked 13th in the NCAA
- Set the SEC freshman record for 3-pointers made per game (3.32) – ranked second in the league overall and 18th in the NCAA
- Tied the SEC freshman record for total 3-pointer made (113)
- His 113 3-pointers made in a season was the 4th-most by a freshman in NCAA history
- Just the fourth freshman to lead the SEC in 3-point field goal percentage for a season (.414) – was just one of seven players in the NCAA to make at least 110 3’s and shoot at least 40 percent from long range
- Named SEC Player of the Week after making 10 3-pointers in a win over Florida International, just the 10th player in league history to make at least 10 triples in a game
- Among all freshmen in the NCAA, ranked second in 3-pointers made, second in 3-pointers made per game, third in 3-point field goal percentage and first in 3-point field goal attempts
- Among all freshmen in the SEC, was second in scoring by 0.18 points per game and second in steals per game