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McCluer North senior guard B.J. Young, who signed with Arkansas in November, said he has been following the news of the Razorbacks' coaching search "closer than close."

The 6-foot-3 combo guard, who averaged 28.6 points per game this season and is ranked as the 18th best prospect in the Class of 2011 by, is the centerpiece of a consensus Top 10 recruiting class signed by former coach John Pelphrey.

Young said he has getting updates from Arkansas assistant coaches since Pelphrey was fired and has heard the rumors and reports about Missouri coach Mike Anderson taking the job from reporters.

"I just heard he will be taking the job," Young said Wednesday, although he said he was getting his information from news reports like everyone else. "I like Coach Anderson. I like his style of play. I like how he gets up and down and presses. I think Coach Anderson is cool."

Anderson watched Young and his McCluer North teammates win the Missouri Class 5 championship on March 12 at Mizzou Arena. The Tigers had been recruiting Young's teammate Jordon Granger, a 6-8 junior forward, but Anderson did get to see Young score a game-high 21 points as the Stars defeated Troy Buchanan 63-53.

"Missouri recruited me," Young said. "They started recruiting me over the summer. I went up to play with their team once over the summer. It was nice up there. I always liked Arkansas better."

Young is still committed to the Razorbacks, but will have to decide what he wants to do next. He could still choose to ask Arkansas for a release from the letter of intent he signed and reopen the recruiting process.

"I'll talk it over with my family and see what the best option would be," he said. "We're with Arkansas right now."


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