One of the nation's top 20 high school basketball players has decided to call the University of Arkansas his college home.
St. Louis area point guard B.J. Young (6-3, 170), whose mom grew up in Arkansas, committed to the Razorbacks Sunday after a weekend visit to Fayetteville.
It was his first official visit for Florissant McCluer North standout, but the only one the nation's No. 3-ranked point guard and No. 17 player nationally – according to Scout.com – needed to make his decision.
"I just felt after talking with my parents that Arkansas is the place for me," Young said. "It's where I had always wanted to play since I was young, but never thought I would ever get the chance. Now that I have it, I want to take it and helped take this program to great things.
"I want to play in the SEC, I want to come and run with these other great players we have coming in and make this something special again," Young said. "I think I can help us get some other guys, too."
One of those could be Dallas area forward Antwan Space (6-8, 205), who took his official visit to Arkansas this weekend along with Young.
"He wants to go home and talk to his parents, but I think we will be hearing something good from him in a couple of days," Young said.
Young's mom, who was raised in Little Rock and still has family there, came on the visit with him.
They took in the Razorbacks' 44-3 season-opening football win over Tennessee Tech with quarterback Ryan Mallett and running back Ronnie Wingo, a friend of Young's both having their moments.
"Man, that was crraazzyy!" Young said. "They came out and just took it to them. I loved all the fans and the team just blew them out. It was great to see a Heisman Trophy candidate in person. It would be even greater to meet him. I also like seeing Ronnie play."
He got a chance to play pick-up games with the current Razorbacks.
"I really like Arkansas," Young said. "They have great facilities, great coaches and the players showed me a good time. I can tell they are going to be a good team. I've run up and down the court with these guys and they are good. They play my style. Even the girls are really nice."
Young joins Aaron Ross (6-8, 225) and Hunter Mickelson (6-11, 210) as commits to the Razorbacks in the 2011 class.
"The guys that they have already got here are pretty good," Young said. "The way I see it, if me, Hunter, Space and Aaron come here, we can have something really special. I could see us all taking Arkansas very deep into the tournament. I would really love for all of us to end up here together. That would be a lot of talent on the floor."
Young had visits set to Marquette, Indiana and Illinois State and had been drawing interest from Kansas and Memphis.
"They (Kansas and Memphis) talked to me a lot at the NBA camp, I guess they figured out that I could play," Young said. "So they started recruiting me.
"I like those schools, but Arkansas has been on me for awhile now and I give them much respect for following me the whole summer," Young added. "They offered me a long time ago, before anybody did."
The two recruits in this weekend battled against each other Friday on the Bud Walton Arena court.
"I was playing him one-on-one yesterday just so we could see how each other played," Young said. "This guy – I can't imagine why he isn't already a top 20 player. He is one of the best players that I have played against the whole summer. I have tore most of the guys up, but Space is pretty good. He held his own with me.
"You saw out there today that he was getting buckets with the college guys," Young said. "He can play. I can see myself dishing it to him one day."
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