FAYETTEVILLE – A pair of Razorbacks who left early for their sport’s respective drafts earlier this month are both now officially former Hogs.

FAYETTEVILLE – A pair of Razorbacks who left early for their sport’s respective drafts earlier this month are both now officially former Hogs.


Centerfielder Andrew Benintendi was the No. 7 overall pick in the MLB First-Year Player Draft and signed with the Boston Red Sox for a reported $3.6 million. Benintendi is expected to join the Red Sox short-season team, the Lowell Spinners.


Former basketballer Michael Qualls, too, is set to join the Oklahoma City Thunder after the two agreed to a deal. Qualls was not drafted in last week’s NBA Draft, largely because of a torn ACL he suffered just about a week before while working out for the Phoenix Suns. Qualls will rehabilitate his injury as part of the Thunder but won’t be ready for the summer league or training camp.


Benintendi left Arkansas as the most prolific award-winner in school history. He won the Golden Spikes Award, Dick Howser Award, Collegiate Baseball Magazine Player of the Year and Baseball America Player of the Year. He led the Southeastern Conference in home runs (20), batting average (.376), slugging (.717), on-base (.488), and walks (55) and was top 25 in the country in each category, as well.


Qualls helped Arkansas back to the third round of the NCAA Tournament after averaging 15.9 points and 5.3 rebounds and garnering second-team All-SEC honors. He one of two Razorbacks who found their way to the NBA just this season as Qualls’ teammate, Bobby Portis, was selected No. 22 overall by the Chicago Bulls.