Young, a 6-3 sophomore guard, leads the Razorbacks (19-12, 10-8) in scoring at 15.1 points per game while also averaging 3.4 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game this season.
"It's always an honor to be selected as one of the top players in the conference," noted Young, who has 102 assists to 62 turnovers this season after having 73 assists and 74 turnovers last season. "You can't be sad about that. Wish I had got first (team) but I am always thankful."
Powell had a tremendous bounce-back redshirt junior campaign after an season-ending injury limited him to just two games in the 2011-2012 season.
He is averaging 14.5 points and a team-leading 5.3 rebounds per game this season for head coach Mike Anderson's team heading into Thursday night's 6:30 p.m. SEC Tournament game with Vanderbilt in Nashville.
"It's a big deal," Powell said. " It's a big honor to me to have my game be recognized by league-wide coaches. But I can't really dwell on it too much. Got to go to the SEC Tournament with the mindset of trying to get a victory."
"Well, I think that says a lot about those guys and even our basketball team," Anderson said. "Even though we were up and down, those guys were part of a team trying to make the team better. So as you try to bring the team up, the accolades, the individual accolades come. So that's -- I'm happy for those guys. But I don't think those guys are finished. They're impact players and they will be in impact - hopefully - in this tournament."
The Arkansas coach lauded the way Powell has fought through injuries his entire career as a Razorback.
"That speaks highly of Marshawn," Anderson said. "With what he had to go through and I am not talking about just the injury from last year. You have got to remember - the freshman year, sophomore year, he has always had some major injuries. That plays on your mind and it played on his mind even as he worked to get back. I can't say enough about him getting in there working with Dave and all the doctors and listening and doing the things they asked him to do.
"And then to come out and perform the way he has this year," Anderson added. "I still don't think you have seen the best of him yet, but it just speaks to him and how he has been dedicated to getting back and being important and being an impact player on this basketball team. I have been highly impressed with that."
Young put his name in the NBA draft after his freshman season, but decided to come back and play his sophomore season for the Razorbacks.
His shooting percentage from the field dipped to 44.8 percent (which amazingly is still sixth in the conference) and a whopping 18 percent to just 23.4 percent from 3-point range, but he did raise his assists and rebound totals and has fewer turnovers.
"I think he came back to try and be a more well-rounded player," Anderson said. "(He) tried to be a leader more from a standpoint of being a distributor, knowing that he was going to get a lot of attention. And a lot of attention he has gotten this year. People have cut that lane off and he hasn't shot the ball as well as he is capable of doing. He is leading us in assists, he has been sharing when people stop him. He has been able to distribute and make other guys better. His rebounding has went up. I think his free throws probably need to go up a little bit more. I think he has tried to be a more well-rounded player.
"You have to remember he came from a role where he came off the bench to this year and now he is starting," Anderson said. "He was leading our team in scoring, assists and I don't where he ranks in steals, but I believe he was more well-rounded player and that is what he tried to do this year."
Neither player started in Saturday's 73-62 win over Texas A&M and Anderson hinted after the game that it might have to do with them not making it to class.
Powell ended up scoring 10 points and grabbing five rebounds in 24 minutes while Young had just two points in a career-low 11 minutes.
"They came off (the bench) and they played the way they should be playing," Anderson said. " "I thought the played to win. That's the key this time of year. You want those guys. Those guys, whether they know it or not, they're the leaders. Our guys look up to those guys. Ifthey're out there not giving it everything they've got, it's hard for these other guys not to do the same…That's the key: play to win."
Anderson said both players are poised to rejoin the starting lineup against the Commodores if they take care of their responsibilities.
"We will see what takes place," Anderson said. "What happened then - that's history. We'll go through practice and hopefully they will do the things they are supposed to do. Obviously it is a big game for us. We want to make sure guys are doing what they are supposed to do both on and off the floor."
Powell had started every game this season until Saturday.
"We're straight," Powell said of he and Anderson. "It's good. Everything is good."
Young - who came off the bench most of last season - brushed off the coach's decision.
"I have had times not starting a long time for Arkansas so that really doesn't affect me anymore," Young said. "I'm just trying to go out here and have a good performance and win and get us to the next round."
Speculation has been that both players will leave after school this season to pursue professional careers either in the NBA or overseas.
"Everybody asks me about it," Powell said. "Am I coming back or not? I'm just not really thinking about it to be honest. If you ask me in a couple weeks, I'll probably tell you something. But I'm not really thinking about it. We've got to get a win. I'm still trying to do something I haven't done here ever."
Powell did send a tweet over the weekend saying he was planning on being a Razorback next season.
"I'm not trying to let it get in the way of what is still at hand," Powell said. "We've got a lot of basketball left. So what I'm trying to do is just focus on the next game."
Young said he saw the banner in the student section on Saturday asking he and Powell to stick around one more season.
"Oh, I thought that was nice," Young said. I love Arkansas and will always have a home in Arkansas. I love Arkansas."
Young was then asked if had made a decision on what he is going to do next season.
"I'll probably wait until the end of the season, try to finish out the season strong," Young said. "Take it in stride and take everything in that I can and be thankful for every opportunity that I get." Powell was honored by the banner.
"It means a lot to be honest," Powell said. "The students want to keep me here. But I'm not really dwelling on it."