Young Narrows List

Monterey Penisula College (CA) standout Andrew Young recently completed the 2011-2012 season by leading the state of California in scoring (22 points per game) and rebounding (14.2).

Monterey Penisula College (CA) power forward/center Andrew Young recently completed the 2011-2012 season by leading the state of California in scoring (22 points per game) and rebounding (14.2). He also shot a blistering 66% from the field and 75% at the free throw line.

According to head coach Blake Spiering, Young has now turned his attention to recruiting.

"Yes, the focus is now on recruiting," said coach Spiering. "He was at Texas A&M over the weekend. He will next go to Oregon on April 5th, and Andrew will schedule a visit to NC State as well. I believe he will take his visit to Raleigh the weekend after that, but it hasn't been officially scheduled yet. That trip is in the works though."

Young held dozens of scholarship offers before narrowing his list of schools down to a select few.

"Really those three I would say are out front," said coach Spiering. "You also have California and Vanderbilt involved, and he could potentially visit them as well, but I believe he might be ready to make a decision following the trip to NC State.

"I think the relationship with the coaching staffs and the style of play stands out at those three schools. He also respects the head coaches immensely. With him being a community college guy he needs to make sure he finds the right place to fit in and play right away and those are post-oriented, tough, physical teams that fit the way he plays. He is a very physical player and athlete, so he has what those programs are looking for."

NC State has been heavily involved since the fall, with assistant Rob Moxley heading up his recruitment. What does Young like about the Wolfpack?

"The offense at NC State is a great fit," said coach Spiering. "They use an old school offense that is really post-oriented and works inside-out. They do a lot of screening for the guards with high-post, low-post action... he also loves how physical they play.

"Another thing, he loves the guards with Brown and the shooter returning. They are a proven team that has tournament experience so there won't be any rebuilding. He has the chance to go in there and win. He loves the academics at NC State as well."

Young, who carries a 3.7+ GPA in the classroom, has yet to select a final major but could potentially choose Sports Psychology or Kinesiology.

"Academics are important. Out of those three schools, I would say he is very comfortable with Texas A&M and NC State in that regard. Oregon has good academics as well, but maybe not on the level as the other two.

"A&M and NC State are recruiting him the hardest and as of late Vanderbilt. He doesn't need that attention, but he likes to feel wanted. I think NC State and A&M are recruiting him with the focus of him being a priority, and he notices that. They know he'll fit in and help in some capacity."

Coach Spiering says that Young is heading into his official visits with an open mind. He didn't have a chance to unofficially visit all of the schools, so the trips will play a major role in his decision.

"I can't say he has a leader. He is sort of blind to the schools because he hasn't seen the campuses or had a chance to meet the players. Right now they all seem great, and he will probably love all the visits so it will be a tough decision.

"I do know distance won't be a factor. He is looking for a place where he can develop and give himself the best chance at reaching the next level."

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