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B.J. Young

  • Full Name: B.J. Young
  • Position: Shooting Guard
  • Height/Weight: 6-4 / 179
  • Birthdate: May 26, 1993
  • College: Arkansas
 

Strengths
- Great rim attacker in the halfcourt
- Effective transition scorer
- Confidence
- Makes clutch baskets
- Improving as a playmaker

Weaknesses
- Inconsistent jump shooter
- Not a true point
- Defense has to get better
- Has to get bigger and stronger

NBA projection
Most mock drafts have Young going in the second round. Some observers believe Young would have been better served staying in school and working to shore up some of his weaknesses. But he’s got skills to offer an NBA team. He’s great in an open-floor game and can attack the rim in the halfcourt, and he showed in his final college season that he can run the point in a pinch, giving him added value.

2012-13 Season
Young started the season on a two-game suspension for a violation of team rules, but he regrouped and earned second-team All-SEC honors from the league’s coaches for the second consecutive year. Young finished fifth in the league in scoring, fifth in field-goal percentage and ninth in assists. He scored in double figures 23 times, including nine games of 20 points or more. Young’s best all-around game came against Northwestern State, when he racked up 26 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists and two steals in 31 minutes.

Key statistics
15.1 ppg | 3.5 rpg | 3.4 apg | 2.0 tpg | 27.9 mpg | .448 FG | .234 3PT |  .681 FT

Cool statistic
When Young got it going, he was one of the most efficient scorers in the SEC. He scored 29 points in 33 minutes against Arizona State, 26 in 31 against Northwestern State, 25 in 27 against Tennessee, 25 in 33 against Auburn and 27 in 30 against Missouri.

Reminds me of ...
Monta Ellis

What Insiders Say
Arkansas assistant coach Matt Zimmerman
“He just finds a way to make shots. He can get himself pretty decent open 3s because he’s a very good attacking guard. When people run at him, they’ve got to know this guy is a driver, he can get to the basket. He wants to drive first. That’s his mentality. But if he’s open, he can knock a shot down.”

What Outsiders Say
Florida coach Billy Donovan
“He’s a handful because he’s really, really explosive and he’s really good with the ball on the open floor because of his athleticism and open-floor speed and how quick he can get to the rim.”

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch