BJ Young to stay at Arkansas

Accepting his second-team All-SEC Award at Monday night’s Arkansas Razorbacks basketball banquet, freshman guard BJ Young said, “I want to get first team next year, hopefully and make the tournament as a team, too. I’m coming back for another year, too.”

Naturally the banquet attendees erupted in applause as the Razorbacks leading scorer (15.3 average) announced the eve before today’s final deadline for college underclassmen who have submitted their names for NBA draft consideration, to declare for the June draft or return to school, that he will be with Coach Mike Anderson’s Razorbacks for his sophomore season.

“I had it this morning in my head and what I wanted to do,” Young said after the banquet.  “It wasn’t the easiest decision I ever made but we wanted to continue on in school.  I told my parents I enjoy school a lot and I am not ready to grow up yet and I still want to be a kid. and I want to come back and try to get to a national championship and get a lot of stuff under my belt I didn’t get in Year one.”

Young proved how much he enjoyed being a kid laughing at the Apple Turnover Award, (a boxed apple turnover) Anderson gave him for having the most turnovers on the team in addition to his big awards as All-SEC second team, All-SEC Freshman team, and the Razorbacks’ Offensive Player of the Year award.  “I think he really enjoys being a student-athlete and all the things it entails,” Anderson said of the freshman broadcast journalism major.  “Tonight you saw he probably had one of the biggest smiles as he got the Apple Turnover award.   It was one of those decisions where he had a chance time to spend with his family and find out what he really wanted to do. I think BJ is being a student. I think he really enjoys being a student-athlete and all the things it entails.” and that includes Razorbacks basketball at least one more year for the 6-3, 175 guard.

“If I didn’t like school so much, I probably would have looked forward to going to the NBA, “Young said.  “College basketball – I enjoy it and I love the fan base.  I want to become one of the best players in the nation and show my skills and try to get my team to a national championship.   We are looking for a lot better season next year.   We really are looking forward to not losing any games in Walton.” The Hogs’ chances for a better season improved dramatically with Young’s decision, which Anderson all but knew but was comforted to hear officially.  “I think it couldn’t be more appropriate,” Anderson said,  “that once he came to that conclusion, he had an opportunity here, a night when we have our appreciation banquet in front of the Razorback fan’s to stay that It’s what he wants to do.”

Accepting his second-team All-SEC Award at Monday night’s Arkansas Razorbacks basketball banquet, freshman guard BJ Young said, “I want to get first team next year, hopefully and make the tournament as a team, too. I’m coming back for another year, too.”

Naturally the banquet attendees erupted in applause as the Razorbacks leading scorer (15.3 average) announced the eve before today’s final deadline for college underclassmen who have submitted their names for NBA draft consideration, to declare for the June draft or return to school, that he will be with Coach Mike Anderson’s Razorbacks for his sophomore season.

“I had it this morning in my head and what I wanted to do,” Young said after the banquet.  “It wasn’t the easiest decision I ever made but we wanted to continue on in school.  I told my parents I enjoy school a lot and I am not ready to grow up yet and I still want to be a kid. and I want to come back and try to get to a national championship and get a lot of stuff under my belt I didn’t get in Year one.”

Young proved how much he enjoyed being a kid laughing at the Apple Turnover Award, (a boxed apple turnover) Anderson gave him for having the most turnovers on the team in addition to his big awards as All-SEC second team, All-SEC Freshman team, and the Razorbacks’ Offensive Player of the Year award.  “I think he really enjoys being a student-athlete and all the things it entails,” Anderson said of the freshman broadcast journalism major.  “Tonight you saw he probably had one of the biggest smiles as he got the Apple Turnover award.   It was one of those decisions where he had a chance time to spend with his family and find out what he really wanted to do. I think BJ is being a student. I think he really enjoys being a student-athlete and all the things it entails.” and that includes Razorbacks basketball at least one more year for the 6-3, 175 guard.

“If I didn’t like school so much, I probably would have looked forward to going to the NBA, “Young said.  “College basketball – I enjoy it and I love the fan base.  I want to become one of the best players in the nation and show my skills and try to get my team to a national championship.   We are looking for a lot better season next year.   We really are looking forward to not losing any games in Walton.” The Hogs’ chances for a better season improved dramatically with Young’s decision, which Anderson all but knew but was comforted to hear officially.  “I think it couldn’t be more appropriate,” Anderson said,  “that once he came to that conclusion, he had an opportunity here, a night when we have our appreciation banquet in front of the Razorback fan’s to stay that It’s what he wants to do.”

Anderson said a year in the weight room and a year of familiarity with Razorbacks he played with this year plus the projected return of 2012 Preseason All-SEC forward Marshawn Powell (lost sidelined the entire 2011-2012 season after just two games because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee) should improve Young off his outstanding freshman year.

Also recognized with team awards at Monday’s banquet were freshman forward Devonta Abron (Chairman of the Boards for rebounding) senior forward Marvell Waithe (Most Improved), senior forward Michael Sanchez (Iron Hog for his efforts in the weight room) sophomore guard Rickey Scott (Playmaker Award), guards Kikko Haydar (a 4.0 student) and Scott for academics, and Haydar for Community Service with honorable mention for their community service work with kids to Young and sophomore guard Mardarcus Wade and the Free Throw Award to Wade who led the SEC in 3-point shooting.

BJ Young to stay at Arkansas


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