Marshawn Powell's knee injury might have cost him most of last season. However, his down time provided the Arkansas junior with an unexpected benefit.
Known primarily for his work underneath the basket before this season, Powell has turned into one of the team's best outside shooters. The 6-foot-7 forward leads Arkansas (5-4) in 3-pointers made (11) and 3-point shooting percentage (50 percent), both surprising considering the source.
Powell entered the season a career 22.4 percent shooter from behind the arc, having connected on only 15 of 67 attempts. But he's hit 11 of 22 this season, including an 8-of-12 stretch over his past three games.
''I knew he could shoot 3's, but I didn't think he was going to shoot this many, or at least land (them),'' Arkansas junior Rickey Scott said. ''I'm as shocked as you.''
The secret behind Powell's sudden shooting prowess isn't all that much of a secret at all.
He credits the long hours in the gym while rehabbing from last season's torn ACL ...