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Vance Jackson transferring to SEC’s Arkansas

Former Lobo Vance Jackson, right, drives to the basket on Jan. 5, 2019, in the Pit against Nevada’s Caleb Martin. Jackson on Wednesday announced he is transferring to Arkansas to play for Eric Musselman, the coach of Nevada on that Jan. 5, 2019, game in which the Lobos beat the No. 6 ranked Wolf Pack. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal)

That didn’t take long.

Now former Lobo Vance Jackson, who officially entered the NCAA transfer portal on Monday, announced via social media on Wednesday he will play for former Nevada head coach Eric Musselman and the Arkansas Razorbacks of the Southeastern Conference.

“Can’t wait to hoop at Bud Walton Arena! Let’s Get it!!!! #WPS @RazorbackMBB,” he posted to his Twitter account shortly before 1 p.m. on Wednesday.

The image in the Tweet may look familiar to Lobo fans. It is of Jackson in his Lobos uniform holding a UNM-logo basketball. But the photo edits the Lobos graphic off of the ball, replaces it with a Razorback and adds an SEC patch to the jersey, with no Lobos marks showing in the new image.

As a graduate transfer (Jackson is expected to earn his degree from UNM this offseason), he will be immediately eligible to play for the Razorbacks this coming season instead of sitting out a season as would be required of an undergraduate transfer.

Jackson was at UNM for three seasons — one sitting out after transferring from Connecticut and then two as the team’s regular starting stretch-4 forward. He started 44 of the 60 games he played at UNM, averaging 12.2 points and 6.2 rebounds.

In the two games he played against Musselman’s Wolf Pack in the 2018-19 season, Jackson averaged 11.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists. In UNM’s Jan. 5, 2019 win in the Pit over then-No. 6 undefeated Nevada, Jackson had 18 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and three steals.

Including his freshman season at UConn, Jackson is 10 points and seven rebounds from being a career 1,000 point/500 rebound player.

Ironically, as one former Lobo is heading to Arkansas to play for Musselman, another — point guard Jalen Harris — announced last week he is transferring out of Arkansas.

Like Jackson, Harris will be a graduate transfer and immediately eligible at his next stop. He also will be playing for his third school after being a Lobo as a freshman in the 2016-17 season. He announced he would transfer when Craig Neal was still coach in March 2017.

On Wednesday afternoon, 247 Sports recruiting director Evan Daniels posted on Twitter that Harris, who started 39 games for Arkansas the past two seasons, is deciding between Georgetown, Seton Hall, Missouri, Temple and Louisiana Lafayette.

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