If there is such thing as a preseason debut, guard BJ Young made a smashing one on Friday night.
The highly touted St. Louis native made a name for himself among Arkansas fans last spring after scoring 27 second-half points in the second half of a high school playoff game against a team led by Florida signee Bradley Beal.
It’s clear the young man can do things in a hurry.
But as I watched Young treat Bud Walton Arena’s court like a NASCAR speedway during the Razorbacks’ “Primetime at the Palace” event, I don’t think it is premature to question whether there has ever been a faster Razorback in basketball.
And by fast, I mean pure speed with a ball from one end of the court to the other.
Two of the fastest players in NCAA history – Allen Iverson and John Wall – flashed world-class speed from the start of their freshmen seasons. Fans didn’t have to wait long to see their athleticism was something special.
It’s the same situation with Young, who is about 6-2 (not surprisingly, he’s shorter than listed on the official roster) but will only add weight to his 175 pounds in the upcoming years. So, he has a longer stride than one of his chief competitors for the title of all-time fastest Hog – 5-10 Kareem Reid. And another contender, Clint McDaniel, wasn’t as fast end-to-end as he was quick, side-to-side.
Enough talk. Catch a glimpse for yourself of what this guy is capable of. But don’t blink around the 25-second mark:
Could Young already be the fastest Razorback in the history of its basketball program? Let’s hash this out before it’s too late!