Young comes home to perfect fit

A Pittsburgh native, Mike Young is headed home and fills an immediate need on the Panthers roster.

Right now Mike Young is a New Jersey resident. He is attending Newark (NJ) St. Benedict's High School, however that hasn't always been the case. Young is originally from Western Pennsylvania, and now he will return home to the area to play is college basketball.

When Young, the No. 85 player in the country, announced his decision to pick Pittsburgh over Florida it was a huge win for the Panthers. They had spent years recruiting the four-star power forward, and the hard work paid off.

Western Pennsylvania is not known as a hotbed for top basketball talent, so when a kid with roots in the area comes through it is imperative for the Panthers to land him. That is exactly what they did with DeJuan Blair, and now they have done it again with Young.

While Young isn't Blair, very few are, he is a heck of a prospect who can score inside and out, and has the athleticism to rebound in and out of his area. Also he fills a huge need for the Panthers.

With current freshman Steven Adams projected as a one-and-done type talent, the frontcourt for the Panthers was looking extremely thin for the 2013-14 season. Only Talib Zanna and Malcolm Gilbert projected as true interior players on the roster, and both are more low post than high post prospects.

Now they have Young in the mix who fills that void. While Young is still at his best operating near the basket, he has shown to be a major threat in the high post area. Young can shoot the ball out to the three point line, handles it well for two or three dribbles, and has the length to score in traffic. He is exactly what Pitt didn't have on the roster, and fills a major need.

Young is currently seen as the No. 20 power forward in the country, and one of the best available. For the Panthers to get this done so quickly after the end of the July recruiting period is huge.

Pittsburgh has long made waves with kids who are tough, versatile, and can play within a system. Young is just that type of prospect. Given his roots in the area, his specific skill set, and the way he fills a need, this is simply a huge get for the Panthers, and one that should help fortify the roster as they move from the Big East to the ACC.


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