Patric Young is a polite, soft spoken young man who lets his play do all the talking on the court where he stands out.
Besides being a big kid for his age group, he displayed a surprisingly good set of skills around the basket. When asked what his best move was, he didn't hesitate while answering.
"My baby hook is my money shot," said Young who made several during the games we watched over the weekend. He was also a big factor on the boards for his team and worked tirelessly inside to keep the ball alive when he couldn't grab it with his hands.
Speaking of hands, he has a very soft, but strong set and demonstrated it by grabbing anything near enough to him. While he still needs some work on his footwork and is a bit raw, you can see why Wake, UConn, Florida and many others are keenly interested in him for their 2010 class.
Young has work to do in his ball handling and developing his shot more but has a very high energy level and dives for loose balls. The key for him will be to continue to work hard in the gym and maintain the intensity he shows on the court more consistently. His shooting form the free throw line was very solid and his athleticism is above average for a young man his age and size. The Wake staff seems to like him as a person and player and he would be a very good way to start the "big man" recruiting for the 2010 class.
When asked what he looked for in a school, he said he wants to play early. " really want to go somewhere where I like the guys there and where I can play as a freshman. [Somewhere] like Wake where the classes are small and you are not just a number to the teachers."
This was his first visit to Wake Forest and he said he really enjoyed the campus and facilities he had seen so far and was looking forward to seeing more. Coach Jeff Battle has been his primary contact with Wake. Young indicated he would like to come to a decision on a top 3 or 4 school list by the end of the coming high school basketball season.
DeaconSports will continue to follow him as he begins play this year for his junior season at the Paxon School for Advanced Studies in Jacksonville and keep you appraised of his progress.