Young Puts Name in NBA Draft

Arkansas sophomore guard BJ Young said Thursday via twitter that he will put his name in the 2013 NBA draft and plans to forego his final two collegiate seasons.

As expected, Arkansas sophomore guard B.J. Young announced Thursday that he was putting his name into the 2013 NBA Draft.

Young did so via his twitter:

@bjyoung_money11 I will be officially entering the 2013 NBA #DRAFT thank you ARKANSAS for everything I have unconditional love for this place and people here

In a press release, Arkansas head Mike Anderson said he had met with Young and his dad and that the Razorbacks' leading scorer the past two season had made his wishes known.

"I met with BJ and his father today and BJ expressed his interest to enter his name in the NBA Draft," Anderson said. "This is his dream and as a coach I encourage him to pursue that dream. I gave him the pros and cons of his decision and he chose to enter the draft. BJ has become a well-rounded player, leading us in scoring and assists and he became a more active rebounder."

Young joins Arkansas redshirt junior forward Marshawn Powell – a fellow second-team All-SEC selection this season – in announcing this week that they plan to play professionally next season.

Both could take their name out of the draft by June 17th as long as they have not signed with an agent and return to school if they chose to do so, but neither one is expected to return to Arkansas to play next season.

Young is listed as the 35th-best NBA prospect who might possibly enter the draft by ESPN's Chad Ford, who expects the Arkansas star to be taken in the late first round

Young led the Razorbacks is scoring this season - again at 15.2 points per game as he scored his rookie season - and improve his all-around game with more assists (a team-leading 102), less turnovers and more rebounds than as a freshman.

He did see his field shooting percentage dip from 50 to 44 percent overall and from 43 percent to 21 percent from 3-point range.

Young - who put his name in the NBA draft as a freshman before taking it back out - came close to scoring 1,000 points in his two seasons at Arkansas as he finished with 958 points while also dishing out 178 assists in his career.

He is one of only five Arkansas players to be named to both the all-league and all-freshman teams and also just one of three freshman in Razorback history to ever score over 30 points in a game when he put up 31 against Florida.


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