This Arkansas Basketball player is quietly having a career-best season

JD Notae and Chris Lykes, Arkansas Basketball (Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports)
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The Arkansas Basketball team, currently ranked No. 12 in the AP Top 25, are off to one of their best starts in team history with a record of 8-0.

The team already has a tournament championship under their belts when they defeated Kansas State and Cincinnati to win the Hall of Fame Classic Tournament early in the season.

Much of the team’s success can be attributed to a stand-out year from one player in particular.

Senior JD Notae is having a career-best year for the Arkansas Basketball team

Senior guard JD Notae has been playing better than any other season during his tenure with the Hogs.

He is enjoying career-highs in scoring, steals, assists, rebounds, minutes played and 2-point field goal percentage— absolutely stellar numbers this season.

How ridiculous are the stats from Notae? Here’s a comparison just from last season to this season. 

Notae in 2020-21: 12.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.4 spg, 42.6% on two-point field goals in 22.6 minutes per game. 

*Notae in 2021-22: 18.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.8 apg, 2.9 spg, 54.8% on two-point field goals in 33.9 minutes per game.

Currently, the Covington, Georgia-native, is second among all SEC players in scoring. He trails only Jaden Shackelford of Alabama, who averages 19.3 points per game.

The only area of Notae’s game that could use some work is his three-point shot. Currently, he’s shooting just 27.9% from beyond the arc.

It hasn’t discouraged him from shooting those long-range balls though, he’s averaging more than seven three point attempts per game.

The Hogs will need Notae to continue his stellar play, especially once conference play begins later this month.

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Head coach Eric Musselman and the Arkansas Razorbacks will next take on the Charlotte 49ers (4-3) from Conference-USA. The game will be broadcast live on the SEC Network, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. on the SEC Network.

* Through eight games