2012-13 COLLEGE STATS
- Scoring combo guard
- Quick first step
- Fast with the ball
- Attacks the basket
- Great floater
- Sees the floor well
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING AROUND THE WEB
Mar 28 Update: Young has declared for the 2013 NBA Draft. Young was poised to be a possible lottery pick at the start of the season. Teams loved his size, athleticism and his scoring ability as a combo guard. However, Young struggled to live up to the promise of his freshman year. While his numbers are virtually identical across the board, his shooting percentages plummeted as a sophomore and by the end of the season he was no longer in the starting lineup for Arkansas. Young is now considered a bubble first rounder by scouts.
After a very efficient freshman season, B.J. Young strongly considered entering the 2012 NBA draft, before eventually electing to return to Arkansas. The hope was that Young would build on his promising debut campaign and ride a strong sophomore season to a comfortable position in the first round of the 2013 draft, after improving on some of the weaknesses he displayed as a freshman.
Things didn't go exactly as planned, as Young had a rather disappointing season, both individually and from a team perspective. Arkansas went 18-1 at home, but struggled to win on the road (1-12), and ended up not even being invited to the NIT after losing in the first round of the SEC tournament to Vanderbilt. Individually, Young's production dropped off in many key areas. His scoring rate went down by 10%, in no small part due to his struggles shooting the ball, with his 3P% regressing from an excellent 41% (on four attempts per game) as a freshman to 23% as a sophomore.
On the bright side, he managed to improve his passing rate (4.5 assists per-40 compared with 3.4) while cutting down on his turnovers (2.8 per-40 compared with 3.5), but his struggles as a shooter put a major dent in his overall efficiency.
Off the court, Young had some rocky moments as well. He was suspended in November for a “violation of team rules” (reportedly due to missed classes), and was benched for “disciplinary reasons” against Texas A&M a few weeks back.
On the court, Young remains one of the most electric open-court scorers in college basketball, blessed with terrific quickness pushing the ball up the floor and the ability to finish above the rim. He gets a huge chunk of his offense in transition, as Arkansas ranks as one of the fastest paced teams in the NCAA, but he's also extremely effective here, converting 70% of his shot-attempts in fast breaks situations, while getting fouled 21% of the time.
Young is a 6’3 soph. guard who enjoyed a strong Fr. season in the SEC … Showcased some very promising potential and production … Playing in the up-tempo Arkansas scheme, Young flashed some explosive offensive talent … Has a natural ability to simply put points on the scoreboard getting his own shots or playing off the ball … Very good athleticism, has high level explosiveness, speed and quickness, and uses all of them to make impacts on games on both ends … An aggressive offensive player who can put points on the board in bunches … Possesses shot making ability ... Had outstanding per minute scoring numbers last season, especially for a guy who was just a Fr. in a tough league like the SEC … Really flies around the court, plays with a live motor … Excellent first step … Is a monster threat in the transition game, where his speed and ability to weave in and out of traffic allows him to get to the bucket and convert shots efficiently … Will finish above the rim with his leaping skills … Pretty shifty ball-handler, able to hesitate and blow by very quickly and effectively … Understands how to attack his man off the bounce, good at attacking defenders who aren’t moving their feet properly … Effective floater … Shot the ball well as a Fr., making nearly 40% of his 3’s … Has a very “unorthodox” quick and compact shooting motion, that allows him to get off shots against contests … Has range out to 25 ft., but is most effective around 20-22 … Could be a tough guard in pick and roll offense, given his quick jumper and his freakish speed … Is a threat in the passing lanes, having the length and quickness to get steals…Has good defensive potential, especially with his energy level…Still has untapped potential, which is scary given how efficient and productive he was a Fr. in a tough league