Catching Up With J.C. Younger

Following an all-state junior season at Metairie Park (La.) Country Day, J.C. Younger joined Team Texas Elite this spring to play in the Nike EYBL.

The versatile 6-foot-4 guard finished as the team leader in 3-point shooting percentage (.431) and was second in scoring (9.9 points per game). He also grabbed 2.8 rebounds per game and shot 75.9 percent from the free throw line.

Younger averaged 10.2 points and shot 48 percent from 3 (13-for-27) last weekend during the Minneapolis EYBL session. He had 16 points and four 3s against the Mac Irvin Fire and 11 points and three 3s against both the Oakland Soldiers and Boston Amateur Basketball Club. His spring scoring-high was 18 points against Team Penny in April.

“Team Texas has been a great fit for me,” Younger told the Cajun Redzone. “With Team Texas I can play my game and not just spot up and wait for the ball to come to me. The coaches let me play freely and encourage me to play my game.”

This past season Younger showed his versatility as a junior at Country Day. He made the Class 1A all-state first team and NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune New Orleans All-Metro small schools team and was the District 9-1A MVP after averaging 17.3 points, seven rebounds and three assists per game. He also shot 45 percent from 3-point range as the Cajuns won 23 games and advanced to the Class 1A state semifinals.

“College coaches tell me they want me to be a part of their program to help out with scoring,” Younger said. “I’m one of the top scorers on this team (Team Texas Elite) and I’m a really good 3-point shooter. They want me to stretch the floor and shoot 3s, be aggressive and attack the basket and hit pull-ups and layups when I can. They also like that I’m a good teammate and can hit the open man.”

Even when Younger was on the bench during the EYBL season, he actively followed the games and did what he could to help his teammates.

“I always try to stay positive because it helps me keep my mind off anything bad that’s happening,” Younger said. “I want to encourage my teammates and help them. When I talk and encourage my teammates it helps me stay focused, especially on defense. You can see things from a different angle when you’re on the sidelines, so I just try to be a positive motivator and a leader.”

Younger reports offers from Lamar and Southeastern Louisiana and strong interest from Bucknell, Brown, ULM, Appalachian State, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Columbia. Texas A&M, TCU, Elon, Louisiana, Tulane, Northwestern State, St. Bonaventure and ACU are also involved.

“I really like Lamar,” he said. “I’m going to visit them for sure. They are heavily recruiting me. I’d like to go visit A&M-Corpus Christi. They have a tremendous coaching staff. I also want to visit Appalachian State and I really like ULM and Elon a lot.”

Led by coach Bob Marlin, the Ragin’ Cajuns are also recruiting him.

“Coach Marlin tells me I could help them stretch the floor and shoot the ball,” Younger said. “I’ve been working on my ball handling so I can be a smart, crafty point guard and also stretch the floor if I play the two. A lot of the schools that are recruiting me see me as more of a combo guard.”

Younger will consider several factors before deciding where he will play college hoops.

“I’d love the school to have good academics and good coaches and be somewhere I’d get a chance to play,” he said. “If I don’t play a lot right away that’s fine, but I’d want to go to a school where they’d actually need me at my position and I’d be comfortable with my role.”

As to when he will make a college decision, Younger is still undecided and might wait to sign in the spring.

“I have a ton of interest, so some schools might fly down to see me play next season at school,” he said. “That should be a good time for schools to see me play because I score a ton and made first-team all-state. I’m just going to be patient.”

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