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Player Background
By Matthew Maurer
12/31/08

Young first caused heads to turn the summer of 2004 when he played AAU in the Las Vegas Showcase. His intensity, ability to score, and sheer athleticism made coaches take notice.

At Friendly High School in Maryland Young's team needed his size desperately, which often kept him away from the perimeter. Young topped off his senior year with a state title but academic problems prevented him from entering college. He spent a prep year at Hargrave Military Academy which proved to be an excellent move, as he became Scout.com's National Prep School Player of the Year after averaging 23 points and 11 rebounds per game. Although Young's recruiting was limited due to being undersized at power forward, his play catapulted him to a top 75 national ranking and garnered scholarship offers from Virginia Tech, Penn State, and Miami (FL) before he committed to Pittsburgh under head coach Jamie Dixon.

Over the past three years Young has gone from an undersized power forward with few fundamentals to a legitimate small forward prospect. His rise actually led some to speculate his early entry into 2008 NBA draft but he quickly informed everyone that he was staying for his final year. The winner of the Big East Conference's Most Improved Player of the Year award could finish his career among Pittsburgh's top 10 scorers depending upon his senior year performance.


Premium Historical Comparison: Chris Morris
Substandard Historical Comparison: Joey Graham

Strengths:
• High Flyer
• NBA Ready body
• Tremendous Finisher
• Superior Athlete
• Long arms
• Work Ethic
• Perimeter Defense
• Solid Rebounder
• Absorbs contact on finish
• Impressive physical tools
• Effective shooter
Weaknesses:
• Court vision
• Ball handling skills
• Upside
• Shooting off dribble
• 1st step
• Settles for jumpers
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Statistics

SEASONS

GP

FG%

3PT%

FT%

SPG

BPG

RPG

APG

PPG

2005-06 Pittsburgh

33

52.1

19.0

69.3

0.7

0.6

4.4

0.8

7.9

2006-07 Pittsburgh

37

45.8

31.0

59.7

0.6

0.5

3.0

0.7

7.2

2007-08 Pittsburgh

37

50.3

38.3

69.0

1.1

1.1

6.3

1.2

18.1

2008-09 Pittsburgh

36

50.2

37.2

74.0

1.0

0.8

6.3

1.1

19.2

DIV I Totals

143

49.5

31.7

67.9

0.9

0.8

5.0

1.0

13.2

 

 

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