He was also named 2014 SEC Defensive player of the Year, recognized by the conference's coaches for his outstanding defense of the pick-and-roll. Florida coach Billy Donovan said last month that Young is the best big man pick-and-roll defender that he has ever coached.
Young has started all but two games this season, and he came off the bench in those two since he didn't practice before the game because of knee tendinitis. This season, Young is averaging 10.8 points and 6.2 rebounds while shooting 54 percent.
The NABC Pete Newell Big Man of the Year award has a long list of well known winners, including Kentucky's Anthony Davis (2012), Georgetown's Greg Monroe (2010), Oklahoma's Blake Griffin (2009) and Ohio State's Greg Oden.
Young has also been selected as the SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year the past three season, the first person in league history to win the award three times.