VIDEO: Young Lands Pac-12 Offer

6-foot-7, 220-pound athletic freak Solomon Young recently earned a scholarship offer from USC right before his stellar performance over the holidays, plus highlights from the Holiday Hardwood Invitational.



WESTLAKE, Calif. -- Sacramento State and UC Davis were first, and recently, USC has joined the fray for 2016 hoopster Solomon Young with an early offer.

Young – at 6-foot-7, 220 pounds and just a sophomore for Sacramento (Calif.) – was mistaken for an incoming college freshman by a guard for the California basketball team when he visited the Bears on Sept. 8 with teammates Christian Terrell and Tre Finch, and for good reason.

Already strong in the post, very physically mature with great length and a hard-nosed playing style, Young is a relentless defender.

"Just to get the ball," Young says of his motivation on defense. "I don't like people getting rebounds on me, I don't like people scoring on me. I don't want to lose. It just comes naturally."

A team consisting almost entirely of sophomores, the Dragons made a run to the Holiday Hardwood Invitational title game last month in Southern California, with Young scoring 23 points – 14 in the second half -- and pulling down 11 rebounds against No. 1 overall seed El Cerrito (Calif.) in the all-NorCal final won by the Gauchos, 57-53, after some youthful mistakes in the final two minutes.

"We did well for just playing together a couple years, and especially just being sophomores. We've just got to get more experience, because this is our first year playing all together, because me and Christian mainly played. This is our first time playing all together, so we're getting more chemistry and experience."

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