Although it's unclear at this time just how many players Missouri will sign for 2011, there are several whom the Tigers are recruiting. ShowMeMizzou caught up with one of the more talented Mizzou recruits in combo guard B.J. Young 6'3" 170 Florissant, MO McCluer North, and he talked about his busy summer, which has led to his meteoric rise on the recruiting circuit, and how his recruitment is going.
Young plays AAU ball for the St. Louis Gameface, coached by Roland Gray, and has really elevated his prospect profile this summer, by posting a scoring average in the mid-thirties while dishing out nearly double-digit assists per game. He's become a super stat sheet stuffer, pulling down rebounds and picking up steals, as well. He's very quick and athletic. He's a very good defensive player with an all-around game. On offense, he's smooth, to go along with being super quick, and can get to the basket, or anywhere he wants on the court. He finishes well with either hand, and is comfortable shooting the mid-range jump shot, or the 3-PT shot.
Young reports a growing list of scholarship offers, including Arizona, Arkansas, Baylor, Cincinnati, Illinois State, Indiana, Iowa, Louisville, Purdue, and Southern Illinois. Marquette and Missouri are among those that are "recruiting him hard", but have yet to offer.
Young said that he's "pretty wide open" at this time, but that he likes Missouri, as well as Indiana, Baylor, Marquette, and Iowa, among others. He feels that Missouri's style is a good fit for him.
"I feel that I can fit into (Missouri's) style," said Young. "They press a lot, and that fits into my style."
Young said that he's equally comfortable playing the point guard, or the shooting guard, and he identified what he considers to be his primary asset as a player.
"I use my quickness to get into my game, and to get to spots on the floor," said Young. "I'd say my quickness is one of the most important aspects of my game. I pride myself on being able to do everything on the court. I start off my game by getting to the basket, then move out to mid-range and 3-PT range. I just like to do everything."
Young's McCluer North coaches, Randy Reed and Mike Noles, accompanied him when he was in attendance at Missouri's recent individual camp. They were effusive in describing Young's play, and his rising status as a prospect. They intimated that throughout the AAU circuit this summer, Young has been compared favorably to fellow St. Louisans, 2011 prospects Ben McLemore and Brad Beal.
Young talked about his experience at the Missouri camp.
"It went pretty good. It was fun," said Young. "I liked meeting the players. I like the team. I like the facilities. The coaches seemed pretty cool. I had a good time."
I didn't see enough of Young to assess his 3-PT shot in comparison to Beal and McLemore, but it's easy to see that he's a similar athlete to those two outstanding players. He's at least as quick as those two, and may very well be in their category as a player, which is among the nation's elite players. He might be the most versatile and complete player of the three.
Off the court, I found Young to be courteous and respectful, articulate and engaging. He's still got some work to do to become qualified academically, but it sounds like he's close, and his high school coaches appear confident that he'll be able to get there.
Young described his recruitment as having "just really gotten started," and doesn't currently have a time table for making a decision.