Young And Developing

In his weekly column, Dudley E. Dawson chats with Josh Young (6-5, 170) - son of former 1970s UA star Mike Young - who has spent the past year developing his skills in Florida and Las Vegas. This story is sponsored by the Arkansas Toyota Dealers. It's free and so is a special offer to attend a Razorback event. Click on the Arkansas Toyota banner for details.

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A former Fayetteville High athlete has spent time in Florida and Las Vegas in the past year honing his skills.

That would be 6-5, 170-pound senior-to-be Josh Young, whose dad is former 1970s Razorback star Mike Young. Josh Young played at Fayetteville as a sophomore, played some 20 games for IMG Academy the past season and has spent the last five months in the Impact Basketball Academy while attending the Henderson International School for his academics.

The 2009 prospect has trained with legendary basketball trainer Joe Abunassar - who trains many of the current NBA stars in the offseason - from January through May at the Impact Basketball Academy in Las Vegas.

Young – who would love to raise his level of play so he could play college basketball at either Arkansas or Villanova - left Fayetteville after his sophomore season to attend IMG Academy, a school in Bradenton, Florida, whose basketball program is renowned for its development of players.

"My plan was to go to IMG for a year and develop and then come back to Fayetteville and play my senior year and graduate with my friends," said. said. "But I think I am going to take a different path now."

Young has developed a friendship with Findlay prep power forward Clarence Trent (6-8, 230), a player the Razorbacks would really love to sign.

"Clarence is a great guy and we've kind of bonded since I am from Arkansas and he has been there playing AAU ball with the Arkansas Hawks," Young said. "He is trying to get me to play this summer with them. We'll see how it works out."

Young, who is undecided where he will play this fall although there is a possibility of Henderson Internationl starting another undergraduate team and him being a part of that, is a combo guard.

"I have got to get better at my ball-handling and that is something that we have been working hard on," Young said. "I am also working hard on my defense, blocking out and just all of those fundamental phases of the game. I feel really good about my shot."

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