B.J. Young talks IU, Elite Camp, NBA Top 100 Camp

  • 06/21/2010 9:04 pm in

It’s not often that a player with such limited high school action under his belt rises to a top 40 national ranking.

But that’s exactly the case with 2011 Florissant (MO) combo guard B.J. Young.

The 6-2 Young, who transferred to McCluer North after being dismissed from the team as a junior at Hazelwood Central for an undisclosed reason, was one of the top performers at the Elite Camp earlier this month. Scout.com ranks him as a four-star prospect and the No. 39 player nationally in the 2011 class.

His visit to Bloomington for the Elite Camp was such a positive experience that it prompted Young to tell Jody Demling of The Courier-Journal that IU is one of his frontrunners.

“I really, really like IU,” Young told Inside the Hall. “I like Coach McClain and Coach Crean a lot. They showed me a good time at the Elite Camp. The new facility, I love the 24/7 access to the gym. I just loved the whole Indiana experience. I might like to go there one day.”

Young, who is playing AAU with St. Louis Gameface, reeled off a list of schools that includes includes Marquette, Purdue, Baylor, Arizona, Southern Illinois, Missouri State, St. Louis, Illinois State and Virginia Tech. He said his ability to create his shot helped him stand out with the IU staff.

“They like the way I create my own shot and create for others,” he said. “I went hard through all the drills and picked up my intensity for the whole camp. I think they liked the energy I brought to the game and my slashing ability.”

Young participated in this past weekend’s NBA Top 100 Camp and was named one of five “workout warriors” while averaging close to 15 points per game.

“I really enjoyed going to the camp,” Young said. “They showed us a great experience. I got a chance to be around some NBA players. I learned a lot of new stuff, a lot of niche’s for my game to help me. They gave us a lot of great talks about things before and after basketball, off the court and on the court. I think I played pretty good down there. I really liked it.”

While he doesn’t have a return trip to Bloomington scheduled, he hopes to bring a few guests along for the next visit.

“I really hope to visit Indiana with my parents,” he said.

(Photo credit: Scout.com)

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  • Outoftheloop

    Exactly. When you put in Oladipo, Sheehey and Rivers you have a great pressing, fast-break, defend the 3 group on the floor! A great change of pace.

  • Outoftheloop

    I think that you are right. I have seen people describe Roth as an incredible 3 pt shooter. I hope he is. But Hulls, in his freshman year was #5 in the Big 10 in 3 pt % at .402, and #16 in 3 pt made at 47, and managed to run a lot of the offense as the PG. Roth was # 12 in 3 pt % at .373, and #9 in 3 pt made at 57 in his first year.

  • Outoftheloop

    Jeremiah had big troubles with shooting last year. But give the guy some credit. In the last 7-8 games he was good at the FT line. Great dedication to improvement and hard work make a difference.

  • Outoftheloop

    We can only get 2 more to go with Etherington (who got very good reviews at the NBA 100 camp). We have serious interest with Zeller, J Davis, Plumlee, A Thomas, BJ Young, Uthoff, A Davis, Behanon, Dawson, McGary, Chandler, Cook, Tharpe etc. Any 2 of that group plus Etherington sounds pretty good!

  • Kelin Blab

    You know I know we want zeller and one of the other guys…however…..Etherington might be the best in the 2011 class. He has a ton of upside and I believe he will get an inch or two taller. He could come in as a 6'7 6'8, Gordon Hayward type of player……..

  • Kelin Blab
  • Outoftheloop

    Sounds good to me!

  • Kelin Blab

    I just expect IU to sign someone before JD even makes a decision. I would be a little disappointed but Crean can't sit back and wait.

  • Kelin Blab

    I've heard it is IU v Butler with Zeller.

  • eph521

    I just don't get the right vibe when I read comments from JD. I realize he's just a kid, so I'm not trying to bring him down… but it reminds me of a pretty girl who simply enjoys all the attention… just teasing the whole time. (Yes, another analogy about babes)


    We appear to have enough viable options to not have to wait on JD. Plus it lets the other guys see that we have those options and if you want to make the trip to Cook Hall (24/7) you had better get on board because the train is leaving the station and there is very limited seating. This type of situation also helps us / CTC figure out who is actually interested in us, to what degree he is interested and who is just saying what he feels like he needs to say to keep people from, insert school here, from getting down on him and trying to change his mind. BJY along with AT have both pretty much moved very close to top of this Hoosier fan's wish list. I know I know neither one is an instate kid but we can't wait around for them to finally do the ” oh…. OK I guess I'll play for you” thing. Instate guys you had better get on board soon or you may just find yourself looking back on the whole thing later wondering what if and it might just turn out to be a really big what if by that time.

  • iubase

    I like the athletes CTC is recruiting. I hope the transfer to a different HS was an isolated event, otherwise he seems to be a great fit. Strikes me as someone with the M Creek skill set i.e. more of a combi 1/2 then pure point who hasn't peaked yet.

    The point guard debate won't be settled until the big ten season starts. I know everyone loves Jordon Hulls – and he will be good but I still think Rivers has more upside. Also Doc Rivers is thinking of retiring “to spend more time with his boys” – and I suspect he will be working diligently with him on his decision making and shooting over the summer. Rondo blossomed under Doc and with more athletes on the wings I think he will shine.

  • Outoftheloop

    I hope so. If IU can not win this head to head we are hurting! Think of the TV exposure. Does anyone in Chicago, St Louis, Minneapolis-St Paul, Detroit, Philly, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, Milwaukee, etc. follow the Big 10 regular season? YES! Do they follow Butler during the regular season? NO! Do you want to have a national reputation only if you play in the Final Four? Butler has played in the Final Four exactly once in their history! Nice school, great young coach, but NOT A BIG TIME PROGRAM! They are a solid top 30 program playing in a weak conference. Why not pick Gonzaga, or Davidson, or Northern Iowa. They all fit the same profile (Davidson's coach is not young but he is very good). Cody, you will love IU and Indiana will love you!

  • Priorcubs

    bjy also got two techs and kicked out of chamipnship game at adidas may classic in btown. his team was down 25. but as a player he is dynamic. pquick aggressive…slasher and all attack mode. plays with attitude as best guyon court

  • marcusgresham

    How long can you afford to wait? If Mitch McGary is Plan B for Zeller, what do you do if he signs somewhere first and then you miss out on Zeller on top of it? You can go a thousand different directions with that 3rd open scholarship, but (at least the way I see it,) one of them had best be a big man, and those are the only two I'd see as viable 4/5-type players.

  • Kelin Blab

    If IU is going to win this year, it will be because of a strong transition game. With good wings, kick out to trailing shooters like Roth and Hulls, and Post that can get from end to end, like Watford, Elston, and Guy.

  • HoosierDavey

    I don't think you wait on anyone. JD especially. It looks to me that we have several options that might be better than JD anyway, why wait on him? If McGary is about as good as CZ, first come/first served.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    About half of the programs interested in JD are rather weak (although I realize we had a 6-win season followed by a 10-win season): St. John's, Oregon State, Cleveland State, UNLV, Dayton, Miami (FL), DePaul, and Ball State. I know there are some big boys in there (MSU, OSU, Cincy, Xavier, PU, UTenn), but it's strange that his most recent interest has been from smaller/weaker programs… if Cleveland State thinks it has a shot this late in the game, what does that even mean?

  • eph521

    Thanks for the insight, that's cool information about Davis. I'm certainly not against a kid being confident, hopefully it's just his youth. Who knows. I'll check with my wife, but I think chick-ologist is one heck of a screen name 😉

  • Wmrobinson

    eph, you are like a chick-oligist or something.

    Having met/talked to/played with Davis, I would agree on the 'thinks he is the bee's knees' motion. I guess being as good as he is and outplaying a lot of Ball State kids in pickup games might go to anyone's head, but I have to say that Nate Davis (now of the 49er's) showed him up.

  • eph521

    I suppose getting techs and tossed from a game could be seen as a negative, but I'd rather have someone who's that fired up rather than have to motivate and inspire someone all the time. It would seem this profile fits BJ, as another article suggested he's a “vocal leader” on the court.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    I doubt many teams will try to zone us up with Hulls and AE in the game… their deep-threat capabilities will force teams to play M2M (except stubborn Northwestern and their 1-3-1).

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    From what I understand, Mitch's only offer is from PU, and he's pretty high on IU… I think we can wait until Zeller takes his visits (late summer/early fall) and decides. But I say send Mitch an offer and a LOI to sign the moment after Zeller makes his decision if it's not in our favor.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Yeah, I could go both ways on the techs… if he was a UK recruit, I'd probably call him a kid with a bad attitude, but since Crean is targeting him, I'll just think of it as BJY wanting to win badly. I guess it depends on exactly what he said/did (to the ref?) to get tossed. But if I had to choose, I'd take “fiery competitor” over “complacent player” … I wonder if AJ Moye ever got techs in high school …?

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Random: I just saw this quote from Crean and thought I'd pass it along: “We want to see what a hungry, aggressive Tom Pritchard looks like having a great offseason.” Sounds like your boy is primed for a comeback…

    (here's the link if you're interested: http://www.courierpress.com/news/2010/jun/23/iu…)