Young is focused on a title

Power forward Mike Young is one of the more talked about power forwards on the East Coast in the 2013 class.

Three star power forward Mike Young is one of the more heavily recruited interior prospects on the East Coast. The Jersey City (NJ) Hudson Catholic standout has helped his team to an excellent season, and college coaches continue to stay up on his recruitment.

Hudson Catholic started out the year with a disappointing loss, but since then things have really picked up for one of the top teams in New Jersey. According to Young the key for the team has been coming together and being more cohesive.

"I think we have grown a lot as a team," said Young. "After our two losses everybody committed themselves to winning a state championship. We put away our individual goals, and we have put first the team goals."

Individually Young has been pleased with his performance, but says the team's goals are always more important than his individual play.

"I'm happy with my play. I always think I can play better, but we are 20-2, so I am just happy with that," said Young. "I am happy that we are all playing together and everything. If there is an area I am surprised a little bit it would be that over about the last five games I have had about six assists a game."

Recruiting wise schools such as Baylor, Florida, Pittsburgh, Seton Hall, Rutgers, West Virginia, Miami, and Wake Forest have all been after Young for a while, but now some new interest from Virginia and Oklahoma State has started to come in.

One school that really has made Young a priority is Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights have put in a lot of work for Young.

"I have seen a few games this year," said Young of Rutgers. "The first time I saw them was at the beginning of the year when they were trying to figure out who they were as a team, and I saw them later in the year against Seton Hall. I have known Mike Rice since he was at Robert Morris and I have a good relationship with Mike Rice."

A native of Pittsburgh, Young says that the Panthers and assistant coach Brandin Knight have also put in a lot of time and effort recruiting him.

"I know Brandin real well," Young explained. "I have known Brandin since I started playing basketball. We stay in touch whenever we can and when we talk we talk about everything, not just basketball."

Only an hour or so away from Pittsburgh is Morgantown, West Virginia. The Mountaineers have also made it a point to show Young significant attention on the recruiting trail.

"I went down for their football home opener and I liked the college town atmosphere," he said of the Mountaineers. "I think their staff is really good. I like Coach (Bob) Huggins he has a great sense of humor and the whole staff is real cool."

For now Young is simply focused on his season and has no plans to make an early commitment.

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