Jue Michael Young leaving LSU

LSU basketball coach John Brady has confirmed that junior-to-be Jue Michael Young has elected to leave the Tigers and will probably transfer to a junior college.

Young, an All-State high schooler from Hammond, signed with LSU prior to the 2000-01 season but was a non-qualifier. He was allowed to participate in practice sessions but could not play in games as a true freshman. Young suffered a foot fracture during the early part of the 2001-02 season and didn't make his LSU debut on Dec. 30 against Nicholls State.

"Jue Michael Young has decided to transfer from LSU and probably will enroll in a junior college so he can still maintain two years of eligibility after playing one season of junior college basketball," Brady said in a statement from LSU. "We both have talked about what his options should be and right now we both feel this is the best route for him to pursue to continue and try to reach his goals both athletically and academically. We appreciate the contributions he made to our program and wish him much success in the future."

Young played in 12 games last season for LSU, starting one. He averaged 1.8 points, 0.6 rebounds and 6.3 minutes a contest with a season high of eight points scored in the Nicholls State game.

Brady's statement didn't include or exclude the possibility of Young returning to LSU once he completes a year at a junior college.

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