BJ Young to test NBA draft stock

Arkansas freshman BJ Young speaks with reporters after scoring 27 points against the South Carolina Gamecocks in February.

Logan J. Webster, UA Athletics

After earning second-team All-SEC and All-Freshman team honors in his first season as a Razorback, Arkansas guard BJ Young has submitted his name for consideration in the the 2012 NBA draft.

Young, however, will not hire an agent, and will continue taking classes at the University of Arkansas in order to retain his amateur status, and reserve the right to return to Arkansas next year.

“BJ is using this time to gather information about his draft potential,” Anderson said. “By submitting his name for consideration for this year’s draft he will be able to find out what the scouts see in his game and make an informed decision about his future.”

Young led the Razorbacks and all freshmen in the Southeastern Conference this season with 15.3 points per game while shooting 50.4 percent from the floor, a mark that ranked sixth in the league. He was named second-team All-SEC and to the SEC All-Freshman team by the SEC coaches and garnered honorable mention All-SEC honors by the Associated Press. His scoring average ranks third in Arkansas’ history for freshmen behind Scotty Thurman and Joe Johnson.

“I love being a Razorback and I see this as an opportunity to receive valuable feedback from the NBA advisory committee on my draft potential,” Young said. “I want to make sure that I have all the information possible before I choose what is best for me and my family. Once I am able to look over all the facts, I will have a discussion with my family and coaches and decide what is best.”

He has until April 10 to decide whether to keep his name in the draft, or to return to Arkansas for his sophomore season.