Young Declares for NBA Draft

{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - University of Arkansas sophomore guard BJ Young has declared his intention to enter the 2013 National Basketball Association Draft, Razorback head coach Mike Anderson announced on Thursday.

{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} Young, a 6-3 guard from St. Louis, Mo., submitted his name for consideration for the 2012 draft before ultimately deciding to return the Razorbacks.{} His second year in Fayetteville saw him average a team high 15.2 points, and also lead the team with 102 assists and 27.9 minutes played per game.{} Young shot 45 percent from the floor, averaged 3.5 rebounds per game and was No. 5 in the Southeastern Conference in scoring, No. 5 in field goal percentage and No. 9 in assists per game.

{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} "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 earned second-team All-SEC honors by the SEC coaches for the second consecutive year as well as honorable mention All-SEC accolades by the Associated Press.{} A two-time United States Basketball Writers Association All-District VII selection, Young scored in double figures 23 times as a sophomore including nine 20-plus point games.{} He was named the SEC Player of the Week on Dec. 31 after nearly posting a triple-double against Northwestern State with 26 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists.{} During the 2012-13 preseason, Young was named to the John R. Wooden award preseason top 50 as well as the Naismith Award watch list.

{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} Over the course of his two years in Fayetteville, Young scored 958 points for an average of 15.2 per game.{} He dished 178 assists, grabbed 3.3 rebounds per contest and shot 47.5 percent from the floor and 70.4 percent from the free throw line.{} In SEC play, Young averaged 14.8 points and 2.9 rebounds per contest with 87 assists and 30 steals.{} As a freshman Young became just the fifth player in school history to earn all-league and all-freshman team honors in the same season and were just the third freshman in Arkansas history to score 30-plus points in a game when he tallied 31 against Florida.

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