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Arkansas sophomore guard B.J. Young to enter 2013 NBA Draft

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Just two days after junior forward Marshawn Powell announced his intentions to enter the 2013 NBA Draft, Arkansas announced on Thursday afternoon that sophomore guard B.J. Young will do the same.

The St. Louis native was a second team All-SEC selection this season, posting averages of 15.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game. Young (6-3, 180 pounds) started 25 of the 31 games in which he played, shooting 44.9% from the field and 22.7% from beyond the arc.

Young’s future at the pro level would be at the point and he played the position during his time in Fayetteville, but Young is seen by scouts as a combo guard at this stage in the evaluation process. Young withdrew his name from consideration before the mid-April deadline last season, and per NCAA rules a player is allowed to do so just once during their collegiate career.

“I met with B.J. and his father today and B.J. expressed his interest to enter his name in the NBA Draft,” Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson said in a statement released by the school.  “This is his dream and as a coach I encourage him to pursue that dream.

“I gave him the pros and cons of his decision and he chose to enter the draft.  B.J. has become a well-rounded player, leading us in scoring and assists and he became a more active rebounder.” ranks Young seventh among NCAA sophomores and 27th on its list of the top 100 prospects for the 2013 NBA Draft. Without Young the Razorbacks still have talent on the perimeter, led by rising junior Rashad Madden and rising senior Mardracus Wade, but this is a big loss for Mike Anderson.

Arkansas’ two commitments in the 2013 class are both big men (Moses Kingsley and Bobby Portis), so Young’s departure may lead to the staff looking to land a late addition on the perimeter.

Raphielle also writes for the NBE Basketball Report and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

SMU won’t appeal tournament ban, Brown suspension

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Last month the NCAA announced that due to rules violations found in their investigation of the SMU men’s basketball program, the team would be banned from postseason play in 2015-16 and head coach Larry Brown would be suspended for the first nine games of the 2015-16 season. With a team led by seniors Nic Moore and Markus Kennedy and just one player (Keith Frazier) being the subject of the investigation, it was assumed that SMU would at the very least appeal the postseason ban.

Friday, the school announced that while it will appeal some of the penalties handed down by the NCAA to the men’s basketball and men’s golf programs they will not appeal the postseason ban or Brown’s suspension.

“After careful consideration, however, we will not appeal the NCAA post-season ban on men’s basketball or partial season suspension of Head Men’s Basketball Coach Larry Brown,” SMU president R. Gerald Turner stated in the release. “Although we regret the severe impact on our student-athletes, the simple fact is that the NCAA penalty structure mandates at minimum a one-year post-season ban for the level of misconduct that occurred, in our case, when a former staff member completed an online high school course for a prospective student-athlete, committing academic misconduct.

“In addition, should we appeal this matter, the lengthy process and uncertainty during this period could harm many aspects of the program. Coach Brown and his staff also agree that it is in the best interests of the program to accept these sanctions and move forward.”

Among the penalties the school will appeal (with regards to the basketball program) are the “duration of scholarship losses” and how long the recruiting restrictions placed on the program will last, and the vacating of games Frazier played in during the 2013-14 season.

This a tough turn of events for players who had nothing to do with the violations, as they see their opportunity to return to the NCAA tournament taken away. As a result of the school’s decision, SMU’s season will end March 9 following their regular season finale against Cincinnati.

Kevin Marfo commits to George Washington

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Kevin Marfo committed to George Washington on Friday evening, announcing his decision on Twitter.

“I am grateful and appreciative to all the schools that recruited me. But I will be spending the next four years at George Washington University,” he tweeted.

This caps a successful week for Mike Lonergan on the recruiting trail. On Tuesday, GW landed a commitment from Darnell Rogers, a 5-foot-3 point guard. He is the son of former GW guard Shawnta Rogers, the 1999 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year. GW ends the week by adding a tenacious rebounder to a front court that graduates top rebounder Kevin Larsen after this season. Rogers and Marfo join power forward Collin Smith in the Class of 2016. Seton Hall transfer Jaren Sina will also be eligible in 2016-17.

He cut his list to 10 in August with Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech, Minnesota, Boston College, UMass, Saint Joseph’s, DePaul, Rhode Island and Providence all making the cut along wit the Colonials. He later trimmed the list to five finalists: BC, Providence, DePaul, GW and Rhode Island.

The Worcester Academy (Mass.) forward played for BABC this summer in the Nike EYBL, averaging 11.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.  The 6-foot-8 Marfo is listed as the No. 148 overall player in the Class of 2016 by Rivals.