One of BJ Young's reasons for returning to Arkansas for his sophomore season was to improve as an overall playmaker.
The Razorbacks guard has done just that so far this season, nearly doubling his assists total while facing defenses that are geared to stop the talented scorer.
Heading into Wednesday night's game against Mississippi State (7-9, 2-2 SEC), Young is fourth in the SEC in assists at 4.2 per game. That's up from the 2.3 assists he had per game last season as a freshman, when he led Arkansas (11-6, 2-2) in scoring at 15.3 points per game.
The 6-foot-3 Young once again leads the team in scoring at 17.2 points per game, third-best in the SEC. It's his role, however, as an offensive facilitator -- including a season-high nine assists earlier this season against Alabama A&M -- that coach Mike Anderson has stressed and noticed.
''He's trying to become a more well-rounded player,'' Anderson said. ''Defenses are gearing up toward...