FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The pressure was on. Arkansas Razorbacks head coach John Pelphrey delivered.
The Hogs class of 2011 signees is rated by recruiting services as one of the country’s best. Four players inked letters of intent Wednesday. A fifth is expected to sign his LOI Friday. It’s a class described as a program changer.
“I am very excited about the young men that we have signed,” said Pelphrey.
ESPN and Rivals.com rank the class among its top three nationally. Arkansas Razorbacks basketball fans needed confidence booster after missing the NCAA Tournament the past two seasons.
“I feel that with this class we were able to address several needs and that each player brings a unique set of strengths to Arkansas,” said Pelphrey.
The class is highlighted by St. Louis combo guard B.J. Young. Recruiting services rate the McCluer North senior as a top 25 player nationally. Young led St. Louis Team Face to a quarterfinals berth in the AAU Under-17 Summer Tourney. ESPN analysts have high praise for the five-star guard.
“Young is a scoring guard that can put up big numbers in a short period of time,” writes ESPN. “He must add strength but his speed and quickness with the ball along with his scoring make him a special talent who can also play the point.”
Young’s the big catch. However, a trio of AAU teammates are the talk among the state of Arkansas. Guard Ky Madden, guard Aaron Ross and center Hunter Mickelson led the Arkansas Wings to an AAU 17-Under National Championship this past summer.
Madden is the lone commitment not inking his letter of intent on signing day. He’s expected to make it official Friday. Madden is ranked a top 50 player nationally by recruiting services. The East Poinsett County, Arkansas High School point guard declined offers from Ole Miss and Baylor.