Hands: Length (9.25) x (9.5) Width
Hometown: Jacksonville, FL
High School: Paxon
NBA Comparison: Joel Anthony
- NBA Body
- High Motor
- Elite Defender
- Quality Rebounder
- Offensive Game is Lacking
One of the biggest strengths for Young is strength. He is not another athletic tweener, he is a big strong athlete at the forward/center position. Young is an undersized center, but that is not a drawback since the center position is watered down. He is a very good rebounder that has a nose for the ball and brute strength. Defensively Young is good in both man-to-man settings and as a weak side shot-blocker.
As far as progression from freshman year to sophomore year, Young is one of the most impressive. Last season he was barely able to get points on the board and this year he is making moves and scoring confidently. He is far from elite as a scorer, but the improvement is there. An addition in minutes this season has obviously helped in the increase in production, but a lot has to do with Young improving as a player.
Young has a few things going in his favor. He has NBA strength, athleticism, and defense on his side. His limitations on offense will be solved by good coaching and elite point guard play at the next level. Young is a very good prospect that will not change the stars of a struggling franchise, but has the ability to be a very valuable player on any team.
During his first season Young did not see very much action, the team was deep and took the route of developing him instead of throwing him to the wolves. In doing so Young will be much more prepared and polished entering into this season. The skills for Young are obvious, he is a high energy defender that protects the paint and has a physicality that is ready for the NBA.
Despite all the positives for Young, he made the correct decision coming back to school. Florida welcomes in a terrific recruiting class that will allow Young to focus on defense and develop his skill-set on that end even more. Offensively Young may be a work in progress even when he gets to the NBA, which is not his forte.
This season Young needs to maximize on his talents and become the best defender and rebounder in the SEC, if not the upside of a one-dimensional prospect may diminish.
Young comes into Florida with the reputation of a defensive enforcer with NBA strength. He is a bit undersized, but there have been numerous elite defenders who have lacked traditional size. Offensively he is not a finished product, but with his athleticism and high motor he can improve with time. A year (or two) in college could polish his game for the next level; this year he is a lottery pick.