According to some live tweets from Hawgs Illustrated, Arkansas point guard B.J. Young has been suspended for two games by head coach Mike Anderson.
The suspension includes tonight’s exhibition match-up and will extend to the team’s regular season opener on Friday, Nov. 9 against Sam Houston State. According to the tweets, the news was made clear by the UA broadcast team prior to Monday’s exhibition contest.
Anderson soon confirmed the news of Young’s suspension and the result was a violation of team rules. Minutes later speculation hinted that Young was not holding up his academic portion of being a student-athlete.
Young, a sophomore, has molded himself into one of the top point guards in the country heading into this season, averaging 15.3 points per game a season ago. The Razorbacks’ potential and hope for improvement this upcoming season hinges heavily on Young’s production and ability to lead.
The 6-foot-3 guard has expectations of emerging as one of the top threats in the SEC this season, looking to build off a terrific freshman campaign. Young made the decision to bypass the 2012 NBA Draft, ultimately returning to Arkansas and boosting the squad’s expectations.
While the Razorbacks should have no trouble in still handling Sam Houston State on Friday, the reported decision does raise some red flags, especially given Young’s importance to the team. Arkansas begins the season with three consecutive games against sub-par opponents before turning things up with three straight power-six conference foes, including a Nov. 30 tilt with Syracuse.
Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @TheArenaPulse