Ian Young, a 6-3, 200-pounder from Des Moines Area Community College, averaged 20.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game as a sophomore. Prior to junior college he played at Lake Howell High in Winter Park, Fla. He was a first team All-Conference selection and a second team All-American as a sophomore.
Young says he picked the Tigers over Virginia Tech, Oklahoma, Dayton, New Mexico and others after he led his team to a 26-7 record as a sophomore after going 31-6 as a freshman when his team finished fourth nationally. "We did all right this season," he says.
"I like Auburn, I like the players and I like the team's style of play," Young adds. "I followed Auburn all the way through the NCAA Tournament."
Known as a player who can hit the long-range three-pointer, he made 40.7 percent of his treys as a sophomore. "I am a combo guard," Young says. "I like the point better than the two, but because I have got some height on me my junior college coach played me at the two (shooting guard)."
Austin Norris, an assistant coach at Des Moines Area Community College, says that the Tigers are getting a talented player. "I have been around a lot of players, but I can say he is the hardest working player I have been around. He works hard in the weight room, on the court in practices and games as well as shooting on his own. He is a serious student who is in great shape academically. He will be in Auburn this summer to work out there.
"Auburn is getting a player with great size and excellent strength," Norris adds. "He is an exceptional outside shooter and is a very confident guy. He was nine of 10 on threes in one game and scored 42 points and 19 rebounds in a game. He wants to win very badly and is willing to do whatever it takes. He is well respected in our community. The people here really like him.
"He told me that he wants to go to Auburn for several reasons. He likes Coach (Cliff) Ellis and his staff a lot. He likes the players on the team he met and he said told me that Auburn has a good academic program for him."
Auburn signed two players in the early period in November--6-9 center Dewayne Curtis from Chicago and 6-5 small forward Ronny LeMelle from Western Oklahoma (junior college). The Tigers are expected to sign one more player this spring in addition to Young.
Two other prospects were on the Auburn campus this past weekend--6-6 small forward Quinel Brown from Wabash Valley Junior College in Illinois and 6-4 guard Quinn Humphries from Stockbridge, Ga., High.