Bobby Portis said last month he wanted to be "the greatest Razorback of all time" when his basketball career at Arkansas was finished.
The finale came Tuesday when the 6-11 sophomore said he was declaring for the NBA after a standout season that saw him named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year.
"Unbelievable experience for me at the University of Arkansas these past two years," Portis wrote on his Twitter page. "The love I have for this program is unconditional, but I've decided to forego my junior year of college to take that next step and entering into the NBA draft."
Portis, the key cog in Arkansas' rebirth under coach Mike Anderson, averaged 17.5 points and 8.9 rebounds this season, leading the Razorbacks (27-9) to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2008.
Good news for Shockers fans
Wichita State has already scored a big victory for next basketball season.
Guard Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet announced they will return for their senior seasons for the Shockers. The announcements come weeks after coach Gregg Marshall turned down a chance to leave Wichita to coach at Alabama.
Baker and VanVleet applied to be evaluated for their NBA draft potential. They issued separate statements saying they wanted to return to try and lead the Shockers to an even better season than this year, when the Shockers finished 30-5 and defeated Indiana and Kansas in the NCAA tournament before losing to Notre Dame 81-70 in the Sweet 16.
Baker led Wichita State in scoring, averaging 14.7 points per game, with VanVleet second at 13.6 points per game.
Venus withdraws from Fed Cup
Venus Williams has withdrawn from the United States team for this weekend's Fed Cup playoff in Brindisi, Italy, because of a personal matter.
U.S. captain Mary Joe Fernandez told the Associated Press that Williams is not injured and that her withdrawal is not related to any medical condition but rather "something came up." Williams will be replaced by 57th-ranked Lauren Davis.
AROUND THE HORN
College football: According to an NCAA report, the 39 postseason FBS games distributed $505.9 million to the participating conferences and schools, an increase of almost $200 million from the final season of the Bowl Championship Series to the first of the College Football Playoff. … Former California defensive lineman Brennan Scarlett has transferred to rival Stanford. Because he's graduating from Cal with a year of eligibility remaining, Scarlett can play immediately for the Cardinal. He had 54 tackles and four sacks in 18 games at Cal. … Florida offensive tackle Rod Johnson has ended his football career because of a condition that prevents enough fluid to gather around the spinal cord and protect it from injury. The 6-6, 296-pound Johnson had been expected to start in the fall.
College swimming: Western Kentucky suspended its swimming and diving programs for five years after the school and Bowling Green police found violations of Title IX sexual misconduct and assault, harassment and the student conduct code. The positions of swimming coach Bruce Marchionda, assistant Brian Thomas and diving coach Chelsea Ale will be eliminated June 30. A release said complaints by a former team member led to an investigation by police and Title IX coordinator Huda Melky that found evidence of violations.
Cycling: Two-time Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong is returning to professional cycling after retiring for three years. USA Cycling announced that the 41-year-old Boise, Idaho, resident has been named to the 2015 Pan American Continental Road Championships roster.