Razorbacks' BJ Young Considering NBA Draft

by Chris Bahn  on Friday, Mar. 30, 2012 1:51 pm  

Arkansas freshman guard BJ Young is exploring the NBA Draft. He has not hired an agent and has until April 10 to make a decision. (Photo by Mark Wagner)

This story is from the archives of ArkansasSports360.com.

BJ Young got off to a promising start at Arkansas.

Now the freshman guard, projected as a late first-round pick in 2012 and lottery pick in 2013, must decide whether to continue his progress with the Razorbacks.

Arkansas confirmed that Young, all-SEC freshman pick and all-SEC second team selection, has submitted his name for considering in the 2012 NBA Draft. Young, who has not yet hired an agent, has until April 10 to decide whether to return or remain in the draft.

“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.  Once I am able to look over all the facts, I will have a discussion with my family and coaches and decide what is best.”

Young led all freshmen in the SEC at 15.3 points per game and shot 50.4 percent primarily coming off the bench for Arkansas. Only Joe Johnson and Scott Thurman have better first-year scoring averages for the Razorbacks than Young.

“BJ is using this time to gather information about his draft potential,” Anderson said. “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.”

There is some updside for Arkansas - assuming Young returns. Recruits want to go to a place they think can get them to the NBA. And quickly.

Young's name being attached to the draft and the draft process is good for the profile of Arkansas and Coach Mike Anderson.




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