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.[details]
2007 (Redshirt): He redshirted while working out against seniors Steven Hill, Darian Townes, Charles Thomas and Vincent Hunter in practice.
He had four points and five rebounds in the Red-White Game (10/26), and five points, five rebounds and two assists in the exhibition game against West Florida (11/2).
In the two exhibition games in Cancun over Labor Day weekend, he averaged 9.0 points and 4.5 rebounds while shooting 55 percent from the field. He made the winning basket in the final seconds after sprinting the length of the floor for a steal in the 60-57 win over Quintana Roo. He had 11 points and five rebounds in the 108-37 win over Belize Select.
Personal: Born Aug. 21, 1988, he is the son of Albert and Kim Sanchez. He is majoring in business with a minor in sociology. He was named to Arkansas’ Lon Farrell Academic Honor Roll for Fall 2007. His mother played basketball at Arkansas and his father ran track for the Razorbacks. An honor graduate of Har-Ber, he was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
High School: At Springdale Har-Ber High School, he averaged 15.8 points, 13.8 rebounds and 7.0 assists in helping the Wildcats go 24-6 and reach the Class 7A championship game under head coach Eric Burnett. Sanchez recorded a double-double in every conference game he played. Sanchez was named first-team All-Arkansas, all-state and to the Class 7A state all-tournament team. He was also named to the all-area team by The Morning News.
In the state finals against Northside, he had 16 points on 7-of-14 shooting and seven rebounds. In the semifinal win over Rogers, he had 18 points and 14 rebounds.
As a junior, he averaged 18.0 points and 11.0 rebounds on a 15-14 club, despite being slowed by tendonitis. As a sophomore, he averaged 18 points and 12 rebounds, and was ranked among the top 50 sophomores in the nation by Scout.com. He was also invited to the NBA Players Association Camp and the Reebok ABCD camp.
He played AAU ball during the spring while considering attending a prep school in 2008 and averaged 20.0 points and 13.0 rebounds as the Arkansas Hawks went 4-1 in the Pitt Jam Fest in Pittsburgh. In a game against the Michigan Mustangs, he had 25 points and 15 rebounds. Earlier in the spring, he averaged 21.0 points and 11.0 rebounds in the Real Deal on the Hill AAU tournament.
Sanchez signed with the Hogs after also considering Kentucky, Wake Forest, Colorado, Michigan, New Mexico, New Mexico State and Tennessee, among others.