The New Additions

Arkansas basketball signee B.J. Young confirms that he has taken care of his academic eligibility and joined fellow Razorback signees Hunter Mickelson and Rashard Madden in enrolling and taking classes in Fayetteville.

Not only are four of Arkansas' five signees good to go academically, three of them are already enrolled in school.

St. Louis area prep star B.J. Young (6-3, 170) confirmed Tuesday he is now qualified and the the 5-star prospect has joined fellow Razorback signees Hunter Mickelson (6-10, 210) and Rashad Madden (6-5, 180) in taking summer school classes in Fayetteville.

Young improved his ACT score from 17 to 23 on tries one and two and then posted a 19 on his third attempt. That was needed because the NCAA Clearing House red-flags any jump over three points.

"I knew I would take care of what needed to be done," Young said. "It was a great feeling when I got word on my score. Now I am down here in Fayetteville with my teammates and getting ready for a great season. I've taken two days of classes and it's going really well."

Young averaged 28.6 points and 4.3 assists last season for Florissant (MO) McCluer North while leading the Stars to a state title.

Shooting 73.3 percent from the field and 75.5 percent from the free throw line, Young is part of a class ranked fifth nationally by Scout.com.

The other two members of the class are 6-8, 233-pound forward Parade All-American DeVonta Abron of Seagoville, Texas and 6-8, 230-pound Little Rock Parkview star Aaron Ross.

Abron is qualified and finishing up his last week of high school while Ross – who graduated Tuesday night – still needs to pass his test.

"DeVonta is still going to school so he'll be up here with us in July," Young said. "We're all going to make it and we are all going to have an impact right away."

Ross, who has been diagnosed with a learning disability, will be taking the test untimed and verbally in June.

"We are very confident that he'll be able to get the score he needs now that it is set up that way," noted Carlos Conley, Ross' older brother.


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