Young On Pack's Radar

It's been a long journey on the hardwood for Andrew Young. He wasn't recruited hard at all as a prep standout for Monterey High School in Monterey, California, but now he is one of the top junior college basketball players in the country.

It's been a long journey on the hardwood for Andrew Young. He wasn't recruited hard at all as a prep standout for Monterey High School in Monterey, California, but now he is one of the top junior college basketball players in the country with dozens of scholarship offers from high-major programs across the country.

"It's really a great story," said Monterey Peninsula College head coach Blake Spiering. "Andrew is originally from Eugene, Oregon but moved down to Monterey in high school because he had family down in this area. He was a water polo and basketball player in high school, but he didn't really put up great numbers and wasn't as big as he is now.

"He has always been a phenomenal athlete, but he was 6-foot-6 or so in high school. Even though he could jump out the gym and run like a deer, he was still 6-foot-6. Now he is 6-foot-9 and his body has caught up with his athleticism. It also helps that he is tremendously skilled and possesses a high-motor."

Young spent his freshman season at Cabrillo College before transferring to Monterey Peninsula in 2010. He redshirted his first year at MPC, choosing to focus on academics and improving his strength, and it has paid off as he has been dominant for his team this season. Checking in at 6-foot-9 and 230 pounds, his production has been outstanding.

"Well, he is averaging 23.1 points and 16.9 rebounds," said coach Spiering. "He leads California junior college basketball in scoring and rebounding, and that is pretty hard to do when you consider there are 93 community colleges competing. He shoots over 70% from the line and is shooting over 60% from the field, so he is also producing at a high efficiency rate.

"He has done really well for himself. His motor and competitiveness stand out and his skill level is extremely high. He has a great knack for scoring and can do so in a variety of ways. He is a terrific pick-and-pop, pick-and-roll player and is very effective in the high post. Also, he is an outstanding post passer. He is the best post passer I have ever coached."

"He can continue to work on his strength," added coach Spiering. "He can improve his strength and endurance to play on the next level, and his off hand. He is right-handed and can score with his left, dunk with his left, but he can always improve his off hand."

Young's production, size, and grades (he carries a 3.9 GPA) have made him a major priority for a slew of high-major programs. According to coach Spiering, if a school has seen him play they have also extended a scholarship offer.

Young spent his freshman
season at Cabrillo College.

"The list is very long," coach Spiering said, laughing. "You have Virginia, Baylor, NC State, Cal, Oregon, Utah, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Gonzaga, San Diego, and all of the smaller schools who have been on him the entire time. Cincinnati, Wyoming, Pittsburgh... I can go on and on, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State. Every school that has seen him has offered."

Coach Spiering stated that NC State was one of the first high-major schools to start pursuing Young, and Wolfpack assistant Rob Moxley is heading up his recruitment. Spiering believes that the Wolfpack's UCLA/high-post offense would be a great fit for Young's skill set, and he has been impressed with coach Gottfried's team this season.

"NC State is very interested in him," said coach Spiering. "They have offered him and want him to come out for a visit, but he hasn't decided on any visits and won't do that until after our season. Coach Moxley has been on him real hard, and I know he has a great relationship with Andrew.

"I don't know coach Gottfried personally, but I have a great respect for what he has done during his career and how hard they are playing at NC State. I really like the way coach has them playing. I also just love their point guard (Lorenzo Brown). I think he is one of the most underrated kids in the country. He has great size and is a terrific passer, and when I watch him on TV and hear him talk he comes off as a great leader and teammate. Hopefully he doesn't go pro because I really enjoy watching him play."

"I do believe their system is the type that Andrew is looking for," he added. "He doesn't want to play in a four-out or five-out system. It has be a high-post or three-out, two-low set because that is where he is most effective. His strength is scoring in the paint and playing in the high post. His skillset is ideal for the high post where he can attack the basket but also create for his teammates because he is such a good passer."

Because Young is a redshirt sophomore he will have two years of eligibility remaining to play two seasons. With that being said, he isn't focused on recruiting right now.

"We will not have those talks until our season is complete," said coach Spiering. "Andrew is wide open and it doesn't matter what part of the country he goes to. Distance isn't going to be a factor at all. We're done playing at the end of February so at that point he will evaluate who is recruiting him extremely hard, who he likes, take some visits, and then decide in April.

"He is a high-academic kid with a 3.9 GPA so academics will be a priority. I would say he is looking at the education the university provides, his relationship with the coaching staff, and how he is going to fit and play right away... not be the fifth post off the bench. He wants to play."

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