Indiana near the top of the list for B.J. Young

  • 07/15/2010 9:16 pm in

The first 10-day July evaluation period has come and gone for Florissant (MO) point guard B.J. Young.

The 6-4, 175-pound St. Louis Gameface floor general took part in the Buckeye Hoopfest in Columbus, Ohio and the Best Buy Basketball Challenge Series Summer Classic in Bloomington, MN.

At both events, he noticed faces in the crowd representing the Indiana program.

“It’s been going good,” Young said of his time on the summer AAU circuit. “I’ve been seeing Indiana at a lot of my games. My team’s been playing good, we haven’t gotten a championship yet, but we got pretty close.”

It’s no secret that Indiana’s interest in Young has been on the rise since the Elite Camp in early June. And Tom Crean and assistant coach Steve McClain have made it a point to follow him closely this summer.

That approach seems to be paying off as Young is listing the Hoosiers near the top of his list.

“Indiana, I really love them a lot,” he told Inside the Hall on Thursday evening. “I like Coach Tom Crean and Coach McClain a lot. They’re probably one of the top schools I would like to go to.”

Young said Marquette, Baylor, Southern Illinois and Illinois State are also recruiting him hard and added that a perennial Big East power is the latest school to show interest.

“I think Connecticut called my Dad the other night,” he said. “That’s been the latest school to contact.”

AAU teams and college coaches will take a five-day break and then get back to action next Wednesday for the second 10-day evaluation period. And many eyes figure to be on Young, who increased his stock on the national scene with his play at the NBA Top 100 Camp.

“I can get to the cup and create my own shot very, very well,” he said of his game. “I can shoot the 3 coming off the screen and roll or get into the lane and create for others.”


+ B.J. Young talks IU, Elite Camp, NBA Top 100 Camp
+ 2011 Indiana Basketball Recruiting Board

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  • No, they can use the oversign in the fall or the spring. There's no issue with the timing.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Ah, ok, thanks. I think I read your previous statement too quickly and then jumped to conclusions.

  • Diesel

    Your second Richmond reference, do you live there?

  • Diesel

    Yeah, I was just pondering this same scenario prior to reading your post. Anyone else think signing Cody might entice Branden Dawson just a little to consider the Hoosiers?

    Also, haven't heard anything about Aaron Thomas this July. Any news there Alex or anyone else?

  • Kelin Blab

    I don't think we have a chance at B. Dawson, I don't even know if he has visited IU at all. Our chance to crack the 'region' curse is 2012 with Marrero or Mitch McGary. Would Zeller make him think…I would hope so, otherwise Dawson can go and play with Travis Carrol or Donnie Hale.

    Briefly, saw AT play a couple of times a couple of weeks ago. He can score it, he is long, and he would be a great Mo Creek back up. Super athletic, very good team player, just needs to be pushed. Could be a spring signing, although I have heard he wants to decide in July…not sure how that will work out.

  • Diesel

    Kelin, I do remember your report, it just slipped my mind as I was reading through the 2011 recruit board. I don't remember seeing anything else on him. Guess that makes you the official source. I know there was some talk about him possibly shooting up the rankings and wondering if some other schools might try to get involved, doesn't look like that has happened yet.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    I prefer that Dawson play anywhere but here (Purdue). I'd love it if he joined forces with Carlino out at UCLA (not because I like Carlino, but because I was born in LA and I have some affinity for a few of their teams–namely Bruins and Angels). I don't want Purdue to get anybody in the top 50 or the top 100 in their 2011 class … I really think they'll struggle on the court for the next 5 years (after the '10-'11 campaign).

  • hoosierfan2

    nice pickup, yes i do

  • Diesel

    Grew up just north of there. Hello Wayne County friend!

  • marcusgresham

    other than Purdue or Lexington! (I'd throw Louisville in that no-go list, too.)

  • ArtistFormerlyKnownAs_Aceman07

    I think CZ is a MUST! If IU signs BJ, AT, and AE then they have a nice recruiting class but it's just a nice recruiting class minus the “must get” guy.

    If IU lands Young or Thomas with CZ and AE then you have a top 20 class even though it's a small class and you got the “one” everyone wanted. It could turn out that IU signed the above mentioned three, then signs Jurkin and/or Hammons in 2012 and ends up better in the long wrong if CZ busts somewhat like his brothers have, but just for the sheer sake of the program and CTC's reputation for recruiting the state IU needs to land Zeller!

    Again, I think either would be a good class and maybe landing 1 or 2 bigs in 2012 (especially if it's a Perea and Jurkin or Hammons) would mean more talent down the road, but I think this is a must get for fans as well as coach just to “right the ship” so to say.

  • hoosierfan2

    Thats crazy! You should check out the Bob Wettig Tournament in Richmond in December. Both Hamilton SE and Hamilton Heights will be there.

  • Kelin Blab

    oddly enough he doesn't hold an offer from KY…..or not yet


    After reading some of their comments on other sites they don't think he warrants an offer. The general consenus among those mentally challenged idiots seems to be that he ' just isn't good enough to play for us' and as one fan / idiot put it ' we are tired of every kid that picks up a bball in Indiana thinking that they deserve a scholly offer from the biggest and the best and that they are good enough to come down here and play '.

    Guess if Calipayoff offers he became ' good enough ' over night. Geeeezzz what a bunch of whack jobs they are down there. Can't wait for the hammer to come down on them.

  • Kelin Blab

    IUMIKE…I honestly don't want ANY ncaa allegations on KY for at least two more years. I want them to continue to get one and dones, flame out in the NCAA tourney, then start calling for Calipari's head….then after he is gone I want the NCAA to do what they always do after Cal leaves…bring down the hammer on that school. That would make me feel good inside

  • Outoftheloop

    You offer BJ 1st with a small window to accept. Then, if he says no or I can't decide now, you offer Aaron Thomas next with a small window to accept. Then, if he says no or I can't decide now, you offer J Davis with a small window to accept. As soon as you have 2, Etherington and 1 other, you hold for Cody until Nov 1. I agree with you BJ first, then A Thomas 2nd, then J Davis 3rd.

  • Outoftheloop

    Branden Dawson could be a 4th recruit in the spring. I think that he is stronger than several on our roster.

  • Outoftheloop

    And MSU, OSU, IL, WI, does that cover it?

  • Outoftheloop

    And after one transfer is officially announced in the spring, they could use an additional 4th oversign, since there will then be 3 open scholarships, according to the Big 10 rules. Of course that would mean there would have to be one more transfer or NBA move before the fall of 2011.

  • Outoftheloop

    I think that BJ starts as PG and Zeller at C with Creek and Watford. Jones or Elston will alternate as the 5th starter depending on speed/shooting versus power in the opponent.