Manning the paint for the Laurens Raiders class of 2013 prospect Tyrez Young did a tremendous job. The 6'5 180 pound prospect will have to make a move to the wing barring a growth spurt over the next two seasons but he still managed to almost average a double-double for his squad. Scout.com caught up with Young to talk about his sophomore season, AAU season, and thoughts moving forward.
Last year Young averaged 19.5 points, 9.9 rebounds, 4 assists, 2.2 blocks, and 1.9 steals per game. Young did a lot of everything for his squad obviously and he's been working hard to continue his improvement this off season.
Young played with the South Carolina Raptors Elite squad and he talked about his AAU experience.
"It was okay, for this being my first year with the guys we didn't really win that many tournaments but next year will be better because everybody know what the coach expects out of us."
Young says he put forth his best game of the season in a matchup that brought a lot of heavy hearts to the Laurens High community after a tragic accident.
"I think my best game was against Greenwood at home. I will never forget that game because it was not just a playoff clinching game but a game where we remembered one of our friends who died in a car accident after graduation. I knew him because I've been on varsity ever since I was a freshman and he was a great teammate and captain."
"That night though his family was there because we paid tribute to Cody and it was emotional for everyone. That night I had 18 points, 16 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 assists but the one play that I will never forget in that game was when there was a loose ball rolling on the floor and I picked it up and there was a Greenwood defender under the goal and I rose up on him flat footed and dunked all in his face and the crowed erupted and I pointed at Cody's jersey hanging in the gym."
Although he's not the biggest prospect on a national level to be playing in the post Young says he's comfortable there on the high school level but he's already making waves with his perimeter skills as well and it presents plenty of matchup problems for his opponents.
"I think my biggest strength on the court is to be able to play both the inside and outside game. I can rebound and defend the post and the wing all by using my length and strength."
Young already has big aspirations for his junior season as well and he shared those thoughts with us.
"My goal is to be the best captain I can be to push my team to make sure that they're in the best shape ever so we can make a run for the state title. On a personal level my goals is to just bring more to my game than last year and win state."
So far the 2013 prospect says he's heard from Presbyterian, South Carolina, Clemson, Georgia, and Georgia Tech. He also told us that education, early playing time, graduation rates, and location will probably play a big role in his decision making process.
SCPrepNation.com and the Scout.com team will continue to follow Tyrez Young over the next two seasons so stay tuned for more continued coverage of South Carolina's top high school basketball and football prospects right here!
A CLOSER LOOK AT...TYREZ YOUNG
Favorite food: cheeseburgers
Favorite movie: Friday
Favorite music artist: Lil Wayne
Favorite thing to do when not playing basketball: play X-Box 360
Dream date: Beyonce
Dream school: South Carolina
Favorite college team: South Carolina
Favorite NBA team: Miami Heat
Favorite player: LeBron James