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Arkansas Sophomore B.J. Young to Declare For the 2013 NBA Draft

Don McPeak-USA Today Sports

According to Jeff Goodman of, Arkansas sophomore point guard B.J. Young has declared for the 2013 NBA Draft.

Young can score the ball and the run the offense and the 6-foot-3 guard actually could have declared and left for the NBA a season ago. However, Young came back, but did not do anything special to boost his stock here in 2012-13.

Young averaged 15.3 points per game as a freshman and backed that up by averaging 15.2 points this past season. In addition to his scoring output, Young averaged 3.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game.

As you can tell by Goodman’s tweet above, Young is currently listed as a second round draft selection. According to, Young is listed as the 67th best prospect among their top 100 big board.

Everything aside, Young is a talented guard who certainly has the potential to be selected in the draft this upcoming June. He will have the opportunity in workouts and drills to potentially work his way up the draft board to the late first-early second round, but we will wait and see in that regard.

After flirting with the draft a season ago, Young’s choice to leave Arkansas here in 2013, is no real surprise.

Young becomes the second Razorback to enter the draft pool early, joining junior forward Marshawn Powell who declared back on Tuesday.


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2015 NCAA Tournament Profile: Arkansas Razorbacks

Record: 26-8

Region – Seed: No. 5 in the West

RPI: 17

BPI: 21

Conference: Southeastern Conference

How They Qualified: At-large

The Arkansas Razorbacks have clearly been the second-best team in the SEC this season. While the Kentucky Wildcats have garnered nearly all of the attention in the league (and the country), Arkansas has quietly put together a very good season.

Arkansas has size, athleticism and depth. Head coach Mike Anderson has his team playing the classic “40 Minutes of Hell” style that Anderson’s former boss, Nolan Richardson, employed with the Razorbacks. And it’s working, bringing excitement back to Fayetteville.

What You Need to Know:

Leading Scorer: Bobby Portis, 17.5 ppg

Leading Rebounder: Bobby Portis, 8.5 rpg

Leading Passer: Rashad Madden, 4.7 apg

Bad Losses: at Clemson, at Tennessee, at Florida

Good Wins: Over Georgia, Ole Miss, Texas A&M

Arkansas has the talent to make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament. However, they don’t have tournament experience, which could end up hurting them the further they go. Playing against teams with more tournament experience could end up being the downfall of this Arkansas squad.

With Portis, the SEC Player of the Year, along with Michael Qualls and Madden, the Hogs have plenty of front-line talent. Anderson must take that talent and do his best to make this team tournament ready in a hurry. If Arkansas could make a run to the Sweet 16, they would see that as a success.

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The Arkansas Razorbacks have clearly been the second-best team in the SEC this season.

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