Young is beginning to emerge
One of the players to really emerge at the adidas Gauntlet event in Indianapolis was Jacob Young. The talented scorer from Houston (Tex.) Yates put on a show, and college coaches are really beginning to take notice. As the Pac 12 Player of the Year this season Joseph Young earned a lot of praise for his play, and now his younger brother Jacob is beginning to emerge from that shadow. While Jacob isn’t quite as tall as Joseph, standing around 6-feet, he does have that same ability to score, and now is working on his all-around game. “I am just trying to work hard, show people what I can do, and just get recruited real hard so that I can play on a big stage,” said Young. He continued, “I have been working on my ball handling skills and also my leadership. I think those are two real important areas for a point guard.” Recruiting wise a handful of schools are already after Young, and more are sure to call and inquire about him. “I am hearing from Oregon, Baylor, Duquesne, Maryland, Cal Poly, Rice, and Arkansas,” said Young. “I have offers from Baylor and Duquesne.” Oregon has an obvious connection with Young through his brother, and he says it is great to hear from the Ducks. “They have been saying that they want to let their guards play on the outside and then pass it in to the big man,” said Young. “They think I would be a good fit with what they do, and my brother playing there and having so much success is a good thing.” The in-state Baylor Bears were the first power conference offer for Young, and that has made an impression on him. “It felt good to get the offer from Baylor,” said Young. “It made me feel like all of my hard work was paying off, so I liked that a lot.” When it comes to Maryland, Young said, “They are just talking and telling me that I have to continue to improve on defense. They love how I can score, but now I have to improve on defense and that is what they are looking for.” For now Young says that he is in no hurry to make a decision, and is just looking forward to the recruiting process and seeing who is interested in him.
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