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Arkansas' Young declares for NBA

By Matt Jones

This article was published March 28, 2013 at 4:15 p.m.


BJ Young reacts during the second half of Arkansas' win over Florida on Feb. 5.

— Arkansas guard BJ Young said Thursday he will enter the 2013 NBA Draft, forgoing his final two years of eligibility with the Razorbacks.

Young led Arkansas with 15.2 points per game and 104 assists as a sophomore, and was voted second-team all-Southeastern Conference. He joins forward Marshawn Powell as players to declare for the draft this off-season.

“This is his dream and as a coach I encourage him to pursue that dream," Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said in a statement. "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.”

After earning all-SEC freshman honors last season, Young entered his name in the 2012 draft, but didn't hire an agent and opted to return to school. Per NCAA rules, players cannot withdraw their name from the draft twice.

Young wrote Thursday on Twitter, "Thank you Arkansas for everything. I have unconditional love for this place and people here."

Powell, who averaged 14.5 points per game, declared for the draft earlier this week. He and Young were the only players to average double-figure scoring last season for the Razorbacks (19-13).

If Powell remains in the draft, forward Coty Clarke will be Arkansas' leading returning scorer (7.6 points per game) and rebounder (5.2 per game). The Razorbacks will also add guard Alandise Harris to the roster next season. Harris, a Little Rock native, redshirted last season after transferring from Houston where he led the Cougars with 13.3 points per game as a sophomore.

Underclassmen who haven't hired an agent can return to school if they withdraw their name from the draft by the April 16 deadline, though it isn't believed Powell will return.

The losses of Young and Powell would open two scholarships for Arkansas to use in the spring signing period next month. The Razorbacks had one of the top signing classes in the fall, inking a pair of forwards, including McDonalds All-American Bobby Portis of Little Rock Hall.


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Sterls says... March 28, 2013 at 4:44 p.m.

He and Powell will do well with any pro team that plays most of its games in Fayetteville. ;-)

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wonbigholiday says... March 28, 2013 at 5:10 p.m.

Right on Sterls. Neither Young or Powell ready for the NBA, and their chances of long-term professional success significantly increases if they stick around in college another year or two. It's unfortunate when players leave prematurely and end up out of the league all together. BJ and Marshawn should Google William Avery, Sean Higgins, Anderson Hunt, Joseph Forte, or Damon Flint just to name a few.

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Tusk1000 says... March 28, 2013 at 6:10 p.m.

Leaving early: it's the biggest problem facing Arkansas, and for that matter, all of college basketball. I've been watching a ton of old games on YouTube of the Razorbacks in the 70s, 80s, and 90s, and the one thing that sticks out every time (besides how SICK we were) is that every time the line up gets announced, this is what you hear: senior, senior, junior, junior, etc.

It boggles my mind that guys like Todd Day (the school's all-time scoring leader) and Oliver Miller stayed all four years.

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hogfaninflorida says... March 28, 2013 at 7:23 p.m.

Big mistake, especially for B.J., he is definitely not ready for the pros, probably needed two more years before he's ready, who talks these kids into this?

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HotSpringsLawyer says... March 28, 2013 at 7:33 p.m.

He might get a decent job in Europe or the Middle East or somewhere, and do just fine for himself. College and the NBA are not for everyone.

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augiehogfan says... March 28, 2013 at 7:50 p.m.

Good riddance. He was toxic. Give me a steady 12- to 15-point steady player instead of one who scores 2 one night and 30 the next, even if his selfish heroics does win a game or two each season.

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cliffcarson says... March 28, 2013 at 9:25 p.m.

WE will miss them both next year. They are good basketball players and playing away from home If you will think back over the season, a couple of road games could have been Arkansas wins with just a kind bit of luck.

But how many times did Young drive inside on road games and not get a foul called when he was beat half to death by the home team. And Powell couldn't hardly stay on the floor in those road games because of those calls often on phantom fouls. I think this was the greatest obstacle to road victories.

I wish them luck. Powell got thru this season uninjured. I think he made a wise decision to leave while he is injury free.

Anderson will have the Razorback Program back where it once was. It would help if the naysayers could refrain from attacking our players because they didn't win. I'm quite sure they want to win just as bad as any of us.

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