By KURT VOIGT
AP Sports Writer
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) - BJ Young has evolved into a playmaker for Arkansas this season, nearly doubling his assists total while facing defenses that are geared to stop the talented scorer.
Heading into Wednesday night's game against Mississippi State (7-9, 2-2 Southeastern Conference), Young is fourth in the SEC in assists - averaging 4.2 per game. That's up from the 2.3 assists he averaged last season as a freshman, when he led Arkansas (11-6, 2-2) in scoring at 15.3 points per game.
The 6-foot-3 Young once again leads the Razorbacks in scoring this season with 17.2 points per game, third-best in the SEC. It's his role, however, as an offensive facilitator - including a season-high 9 assists earlier this season against Alabama A&M - that Arkansas coach Mike Anderson has noticed.Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.