Mizzou, Miami Have Early Edge
At 6-10 and 270 pounds (maybe even a little more!), Homestead (FL) Berkshire Academy center Kevin Young is tough to miss in a crowd. As a junior, he played on a loaded team with numerous Division I signees. This year's Berkshire team is likely to be founded around his talents and he'll be expected to deliver. With a developing post game that already has shown promising signs, Young has a bright future.
Young grew up in Jamaica before coming to the United States last year. Since then, he's drawn attention from numerous high-major programs. However, as it stands right now, three schools seem to be in pretty good shape. Missouri, Miami and Kentucky are the fall front-runners for the big fella.
"I would say it's between Missouri and Miami right now," DeLaBarrera said. "But, Tubby Smith has been calling and Kentucky's been doing a pretty job and I wouldn't rule them out. Kentucky is Kentucky you know." Young also liked Florida, but when the Gators landed Mario Boggan, that pretty much meant the end for Young and his courtship by the Gators.
One of Young's teammates from last year, SF Duane John, signed with Missouri so naturally the Tigers have seen a lot of the big fella. However, he's much improved and his nine points a game from last year could turn into double that this season. "I think it helped Missouri from the fact that they were in here the whole year [last year]," DeLaBarrera said. "That kind of early presence and continuing presence kind of helped them."
Young hasn't taken the SAT yet and won't do so until October. However, he'll conduct in-homes with the three schools and Missouri's is set for Sept. 10. He's been to Miami unofficially and may take a few more unofficials possibly before he takes the test.