Young Puts Together Another Big Weekend

B.J. Young

For the second time this month B.J. Young has impressed on-lookers at a major AAU event. The talented guard showed he's a top 100 prospect at the adidas May Classic.

Over the past few weeks, B.J. Young, a native of St. Louis, has picked up some hype on a national level.

First he played well at Spiece and led St. Louis Gameface deep into the tournament. Then this past weekend he put together another strong effort at the adidas May Classic in Bloomington (Ind.)

"It's been real surreal," Young told Scout.com. "I've gotten a chance to play against some of the best players in the country to see where I'm at and I'm just trying to help my team win so all of us can get exposed."

Exposure is something that Young, a 6-foot-2 lead guard, has received a lot of lately. Blessed with terrific speed and athleticism, Young is a terrific looking guard prospect that also has a developed mid-range.

"I'm a slasher that can shoot," Young said. "I'm like Steph Curry but I'm more athletic than him. I can go up and dunk on you if we both jump. I can pull-up for threes and I have a great mid-range game. I rely on my mid-range a lot."

Unfortunately for Young, a standout at Florissant (Mo.) McCluer North, he has barely played high school basketball, due to academic and ineligibility issues. So the past few weeks have been big for him.

"I know I've improved a lot," Young said. "We've been winning a lot and we've getting noticed, so it goes both ways."

As far as his recruitment goes, schools are being cautious because of his academic situation. But he has heard from Minnesota, Southern Illinois, Illinois State, Xavier, Purdue and Arizona.

"It's just now taking off," he said about his recruitment. "I'm just trying to stay humble, keep my head and keep playing hard."

Young, who will be upgraded to a four-star prospect when Scout.com's new rankings come out, has yet to take any visits.

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