Just a year ago, almost nobody knew very much about B.J. Young. Admittedly, he didn't even know if he was headed in the right direction. But some changes on and off the court led to good things and now Young is an Arkansas Razorback.
Being chased by many other top programs, the 6-foot-3 point guard from Florissant (Mo.) McCluer North could have taken his time. Instead, he saw more than enough during a weekend visit to Fayetteville and decided that his best play was to commit so he can focus on preparing for college.
"I felt like I really wanted to focus on school and getting better," Young told Rivals.com of the timing of his decision. "Me taking all the other visits would have really interfered with my school and what I need to do there. I would have been missing days for visits and would have had to make up a bunch of work."
Perhaps even more importantly, the Arkansas campus just felt like home for the nation's #18 player.
"I really felt in my heart that I want to go to Arkansas," said Young. "My family, my recruiting class, they were all down there. The feeling of the stadium, everything it just felt right."
Now that he's on the right track on the basketball floor and in the classroom, Young is looking forward to a big senior year. He's already put in some hard work and knows that there's still more left, but he can't help but feel a little satisfaction.
"I think my hard work, my effort and my dedication have really paid off," said Young. "I changed my whole personal life and setting. I adjusted everything to basketball, my family and my schoolwork. I got into the gym every day and told myself that nobody was going to work harder than me. I don't know if satisfied is the right word, but I feel good."