Recruiting: Junior Joe Young Gives Verbal to PC

Posted: September 10, 2009 in Recruiting
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Keven McNamara at the ProJo reported that Texas star Joe Young has given a verbal JOSEPHYOUNG7_14200commitment to PC. Young, a 6’2″ 175 Junior from Houston Texas visited PC over the weekend and verbally committed on Monday.  Young’s Father, Michael Young, was a first round draft pick for the Celtics in 1984.  Young is a shooter… a 1,500 shots a day shooter.  Young’s AAU coach with the Houston Superstars, John Eurey goes as far to say:

“Best shooter in America.  There’s not one high school kid in America who can outshoot Joe Young.”

Young was looked over by a number of Big 12 schools including Texas and Oklahoma but was deemed to small to play shooting guard.

These other schools weren’t sure. Providence was.  He [Coach Chris Davis] said they needed scorers and somebody who could score against Syracuse’s zone and all those tough Big East teams. I said, ‘Joe Young is your man.’ “

Young led his team at Yates High to the Texas 4A State Title earning all state honors and championship MVP along the way.  He also was a stand out in the Reebok Summer Championship this summer.  Having just turned 16 Young is young still has a lot of potential.

imagesAs it stands right now, with the verbal from Joe Young and assuming nobody transfers at the end of this year, PC has used up all of its scholarships.  We aren’t sure how we feel about that.  You could make the argument that PC should have held out for Devon Collier, but from McNamara’s article it appears that that door is not yet closed anyway, so we will wait and see how things play out. As of now Zagsblog is reporting the Keno Davis will take a visit to legend Bob Hurley at St. Anthony’s in New Jersey to take a look at Collier.

We won’t lie, we would have really loved to see Collier in black and white next year (and still might), but we think Joe Young can be just as valuable,maybe even more so.  But instead of focusing on what we don’t have let’s focus on what we do.  PC is becoming smaller and more guard oriented, but that is not such a bad thing.  Look at what Jay Wright has been doing over at Villanova with undersized teams so effectively.

Young is an absolute three point machine.  ESPN.com describes him as ‘the ultimate shooter.’ He has amazing range and is by all means a little bit ridiculous from behind the arc.  And considering that most of PC’s offense seems to come from out there he should be a perfect fit.  Plus this is where Young is after having just turned 16.  As he gets older he is only going to continue to develop and polish the other areas of his game.  We have a feeling that Young is a sleeper type player and was going to get more and more looks as the year went on, so kudos to the staff for recognizing his talent and getting him on board.  Although its over a year away we look forward to Young’s crazy good shooting.

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