Reggie Chaney, a 6’8 forward, has entered the transfer portal after his sophomore season at the University of Arkansas. In 28 games last season, Chaney averaged 4.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 0.5 blocks per game. He missed the first three games of the season due to suspension as a result of violating team rules. Unfortunately, this theme was revisited at times throughout the season. Unnecessary technical fouls, foul trouble in general, and overall inconsistency kept Chaney from consistent playing time late in the season. He played an average of less than five minutes per game in his last six appearances of the regular season, totaling only 29 total minutes across this final stretch.
However, make no mistake, the talent and potential is there. Chaney wasn’t able to consistently carve out a role under Mike Anderson or Eric Musselman in his first two season at Arkansas. That doesn’t mean he’s not a talented player. At 6’8 with good athleticism, Chaney is capable of contributing wherever he ends up. In fact, nine games before the regular season ended, he put up one of the best games of his career. Chaney put up 17 points, 11 rebounds (6 offensive), 2 steals, and 2 blocks while shooting 50% from the field. The potential is there.
Side note, keep an eye on former Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson and St. Johns as a potential landing spot for Chaney baring the decision of forward LJ Figueroa.
Arkansas now sits under the 13-scholarship limit regardless of Isaiah Joe’s decision. If Joe does decide to come back, which is looking more and more likely, the roster is likely to be set as is. Look for Musselman to pull in a last minute transfer or simply start with 12 scholarship players if Joe is not in the Cardinal and White at the start of next season.
For more on what to expect from incoming freshmen Jaylin Williams in the wake of Chaney’s absence click here.