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April 9, 2012
Arkansas guard B.J. Young will be a sophomore next season. Yes, he's coming back next season.
Young earned All-SEC honors last season averaging 15.3 points per game and being the only guard in the Southeastern Conference to shoot over 50 percent from the field.
"I had (the decision) this morning," Young said. "I talked to my parents, told them what I wanted to do, and they supported me, so I feel good about it. It was a pretty difficult decision, it wasn't the easiest I ever made, but I enjoy school a lot and I am not ready to go yet."
Razorback coach Mike Anderson just completed his first season at Arkansas, and Young's return could be the key to ensure Arkansas' season doesn't end in the SEC Tournament again. The Hogs also get back injured Marshawn Powell. The Razorbacks lose two seniors in Michael Sanchez and Marvell Waithe as well as junior Julysses Nobles who is leaving the team.
"He and I had a chance to visit earlier today," Anderson said. "I didn't think it could be any more appropriate than to (announce his decision) tonight at our appreciation banquet. I wanted to make sure he had all the facts, and I know he put a lot of thought into it along with his family."
Arkansas played short-handed last season but have three freshmen coming on board with as many as three more possible.