It appears that a match that was not going to be made in Missouri is going to be one that ends up together in Hog Heaven.
Arkansas coach Mike Anderson visited Razorback signee B.J. Young (6-3, 170) on Tuesday night and the 5-star guard says he is firmly committed to the school he signed with in November.
"We were able to sit down and have a long talk and I couldn't be more excited about coming to Arkansas and helping Coach Anderson bring Razorback basketball to where it used to be," Young said. "He's cool and we are going to get it done together."
Young led his Florrisant (MO) North McCluer team to a state title by averaging 28.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game this past season.
Per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Young had an almost unheard of shooting year – connecting on 73.3 percent of his shots overall from the field and 75.5 percent of his free throw attempts.
That includes 51.6 percent from 3-point range (61 of 118) and an amazing 81.3 percent of his 2-point attempts (258-of-317).
"It was a great season for me and the way that we ended it with the state title just made it a dream one," Young said. "Now I get to take that dream on to Arkansas."
Young was initially taken aback when Arkansas fired John Pelphrey on March 13.
But he was very familiar with Anderson, who had not offered Young a scholarship while he was head coach of the Tigers.
"He told me back then that he only had one or two scholarships and it was bigs that he needed," Young said. "He needed to go out and get bigger players and didn't really need any more point guards. That was cool, I understood it, but he wants me with him at Arkansas."
Anderson said that was all accurate.
"I don't like stockpiling guys," Anderson said. "I want to bring people in that have an opportunity to play, especially in-state guys. Now, with what has taken place now, I think it's ideal. He doesn't have to have that pressure of being at home. He's going to be a dynamite player. I'm excited for him. He's really excited."
After talking to Anderson in his home on Monday night, Young made it clear he was still all in with a five-man Razorback recruiting class ranked fourth nationally by Scout.com.
"There is no doubt about that," Young said. "I am going to be a Razorback and we are all coming with the intention of bringing Razorback basketball back."
Young's visit with Anderson capped off an exciting last few days for Young, who played with three other fellow Razorback signees in the Jack Jones Shootout Sunday afternoon in Miami.
Arkansas signee Rashad Madden had 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting, Young 6 and fellow future Razorbacks Hunter Mickelson and Aaron Ross two points each in the contest played at the Miami Heat's American Airlines Arena.
Madden and Mickelson's White squad downed Young and Ross' Navy team 79-72.
"It was a great time for all of us to be together and bond," Young said. "I roomed with Ky (Rashad) and Aaron and Hunter were always in our room.
"We are talking about coming up there with our new coach and the players already there and doing great things together," Young added. "It was a great weekend for all of us."
The future Razorbacks got a chance to see two Heat home games on Friday and Sunday.
"That was great, but the one thing it drove home was just how much work we have to do if we want to play in the league," Young said. "LeBron and D-Wade and all those other guys out there on the floor were incredible. It was both exciting and humbling."
Madden and Young will both play on different teams in Sunday's The All-American Championship all-star game in Houston.
The game fits in between the Final Four semifinal and championship games and is played in the same city.
"That's going to be very exciting to be a part of," Young said.
The only Razorback signee not to play in the Miami all-star game was Seagoville (Texas) High power forward DeVonta Abron (6-8, 232), who was named a third-team Parade All-American this week.
Abron said Tuesday night that he was "shocked and devastated" by Pelphrey's firing and didn't want to think about school for awhile.
"I know that Coach Anderson went down to see him and we want him up there in Fayetteville with us," Young said. "I'm going to be a leader and get right on that and talk with him and make sure he is with us."
Young spent Wednesday afternoon after school getting tutored as he prepares to take another ACT test.
He scored 17 on his first ACT attempt, 22 on his second try. That means that it has the potential to be red-flagged by the NCAA Clearing House.
"I'm just taking care of that being any problem, but taking it again coming up here in April," Young said. "There's not going to be a problem with that."
Because of Young being at three different schools since he was a freshman, there has been speculation about whether he will have the 16 core classes needed to be eligible by NCAA standards.
He says he is on schedule with his core classes and is maintaining his grade point average, which he noted ended last semester at 3.5.
"My core courses have never been a problem and I will have what I need at the end of this semester if I just finish up strong," Young said. "I am not going to give them any reason to keep me from coming to school at Arkansas and playing for Coach Anderson."
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