The Houston Rockets have signed former Arkansas Razorback guard B.J. Young to a three-year contract. The Houston Chronicle reports the deal begins “with a small first-year guarantee.”
Somebody will take a chance on Young to at least work him through the Developmental League. Or, he could devote himself fulltime to overseas leagues to further develop his game and come back five years later contributing the way another former Heath recruit, Patrick Beverley, did for the Houston Rockets this past season.
Young worked out for the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers in June. Young’s Razorback teammate, Marshawn Powell, who left school with one year of eligibility remaining, signed with Team Ferro-ZNTU in the Ukraine.
B.J. Young Bio:
The leading scorer among freshmen in the SEC in 2012 … third-team preseason All-American by Sporting News … Bleacher Report slots him in as No. 6 shooting guard and the No. 5 Super Sophomore … Fox Sports named him one of the nation’s top shooting guards … attended both the LeBron James and Deron Williams Skills Academies … Athlon Sports preseason magazine named him the No. 4 scorer in their superlatives as well as a first-team All-SEC player … Lindy’s Sports preview has him as the No.6 shooting guard in the nation and a first-team All-SEC player as well as the top playmaker in the SEC and an honors candidate … averaged 15.0 points per game in Italy and led the team with 13 assists … according to Coach Anderson “he has come back with the mind set of becoming a better player all around. He can not only score, but is a guy who can distribute as well. Defensively, and I think he is, needs to be a lot more committed to being a better defensive player. He is the ultimate competitor and I want him to channel that energy in a positive way. When the lights come on he steps up his game to another level.”
Second-Team All-SEC and SEC All-Freshman Team by league coaches … fifth Arkansas player to earn all-league and all-freshman honors in the same season … honorable mention All-SEC by the Associated Press … third-team All-SEC by College Sports Madness … USBWA All-District VII … averaged 15.3 points and 3.1 rebounds … led the team in scoring, points, field goal percentage, free throws made and attempted … scored in double figures 27 times and grabbed double digit rebounds once … SEC Freshman of the Week on Jan. 9 after averaging 20.5 points and 3.0 rebounds … had six 20-point games, the fourth most by a freshman since 1989-90 … scored a career high 31 points against Florida, making him just the third freshman to score 30 points in a game in Arkansas history … tallied 28 points and five rebounds against UConn … recorded a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds against Utah Valley … averaged 20.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and shot 52.4 percent in 26.2 minutes in games against ranked teams … led Arkansas in scoring 17 times and rebounding four … ranked sixth in the SEC and 174th nationally in scoring, fourth in the SEC and 68th nationally in field goal percentage and 14th in the SEC in free throw percentage … given team offensive player of the year award by Razorback coaches.
In High School:
Named Athlete of the Year, MVP, all-tournament and all-state as a senior … averaged 30.9 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game his final year at McCluer North … career highs of 45 points, 16 rebounds, 16 assists and five steals … scored more than 2,000 points in his prep career … led McCluer North to a 6A state championship as a senior and to the elite 8 as a sophomore … rated the No. 16 player in the nation by ESPN, No. 25 by Rivals and No. 22 by Scout.com … signed with the Razorbacks after also considering Baylor, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Marquette and N.C. State.
Son of Floyd Bell and Charrallotte Young … born May 26, 1993 … he is enrolled in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences.