Arkansas G BJ Young considering NBA draft
By KURT VOIGT
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) BJ Young's career at Arkansas might be over after just one season.
Razorbacks coach Mike Anderson said Friday that Young, a freshman guard who led the team in scoring this season, is exploring whether to enter the NBA draft.
Anderson said Young has submitted his name to the NBA but that he hasn't hired an agent. The 6-foot-3 Young has until April 10 to decide if he'll remain eligible for the draft or return for his sophomore season. He is still enrolled at Arkansas.
"I love being a Razorback, and I see this as an opportunity to receive valuable feedback from the NBA advisory committee on my draft potential," Young said. "I want to make sure that I have all the information possible before I choose what is best for me and my family."
Young led the Razorbacks and all Southeastern Conference freshmen this season by averaging 15.3 points per game. He shot 50.4 percent from the floor and was named second-team All-SEC.
His contribution was critical for Arkansas (18-14), which lost leading scorer Marshawn Powell to a season-ending knee injury after two games. Young scored 28 points in an early season loss at Connecticut and later had a career-high 31 points in a loss to Florida.
The Razorbacks opened their first season under Anderson with a school-best 17-game home winning streak. However, they dropped six of their last eight and failed to make the NCAA tournament for the fourth straight year.
Arkansas played much of the season with only eight scholarship players after Powell's injury and other injuries, but Young shined throughout - coming off the bench in 25 of the team's 32 games. The St. Louis native led the team in scoring despite averaging only 25.2 minutes per game. He was also 50 of 121 (41.3 percent) on 3-pointers.
Young originally signed with former Arkansas coach John Pelphrey before deciding to stay with the Razorbacks after Pelphrey was fired and Anderson was hired away from Missouri. He was part of a highly touted recruiting class that included Devonta Abron, Hunter Mickelson and Ky Madden, with Young the key piece.
"By submitting his name for consideration for this year's draft, he will be able to find out what the scouts see in his game and make an informed decision about his future," Anderson said.
Updated March 30, 2012