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Joe Young has surfaced once again with yet another honor.  Joe Young has been named to the2010 ESPN Rise All-American First Team. Young is one of twenty high school players who made the team.  Young adds this award to his Gatorade State Player of the Year Award (Texas), a state championship, and other MVP awards.  Besides his honors, the 6’3″ guard averaged 27.5 points, 4.4 steals, 4.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game this season.

If you weren’t already excited about Joe Young joining the Friars, than start to get excited.  The kid appears to be the real deal.  Gerard Coleman has been deemed the star of our recruiting class, as he should, but Joe Young is not very far behind him.  He continues to impress and has only improved since he was re-ranked into the ESPN Top 100 at #99.  Our bet is that when the players are re-ranked again he will be much higher than 99.  We have said it so many times before, but if Joe Young is half the shooter people say he is than we cannot wait for him to get to campus and thrive in the 3-Happy offense we run.  Also if you haven’t seen it check out the video profile of Young below.

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Joe Young has been named to the 54th Parade All-American Team as a 3rd team member.  He becomes the first Friar recruit to make the team since God Shammgod did 15 years ago.

Incoming Providence freshman and Yates High School (Houston) standout, Joseph Young has been named the Basketball Player of the Year by Gatorade. The Gatorade Award is for outstanding athletic excellence, high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court.  Besides his impressive season with the 34-0, Texas State Champion Yates Mighty Lions, Young has a B average and has done numerous hours of community service.  Winning the award in Texas has made Young eligible for the National Boys Basketball Player of the Year.  Young beat out a number of other standout high school seniors in what is one of the more difficult states to receive such an award in.

Congratulations to Joe Young.  He can add this honor to the honor of being in the ESPN Top 100, winning the his school a state title, and his McDonald’s All-American nomination.  Honestly you have to start liking Joe Young more and more everyday.  Whether it was his 45 points at the T-Mobile Invitation, his winning record, or his off the court demeanor he seems like the type of player who really contribute to making your team a winning one.  And we have said it before but you really have to tip your hat to Keno and the coaching staff.  They were on to Young before he surfaced into the ESPN Top 100 and way before he was receiving McDonald’s All-American nominations.  And it seems like Joe Young is still is getting better.  If he can bring his winning mentality and his hot shooting from Houston to Providence, he could have an instant impact as a lethal three point shooter.

We saw this by way of Friarblog. ESPNU has come out with their high schoolmidterm grades which means they have updated their recruiting page and have elevated both Gerard Coleman and Joe Young.  Gerard Coleman moved up to 54th spot on the list and improved his overall player rating to 95!  Joe Young, who has been taking off down in Houston moved into the ESPN Top 100 at the 99th spot and improved his overall player rating to 94!  Even Ron Giplaye‘s overall rating improved to 88.

We have to tip our hat to Coach Keno Davis and the rest of the coaching staff for this incoming class.  Keno, in the sort time he has been here, has really elevated the caliber of player coming to Providence.  We are seeing some of the fruits of solid recruiting in Vincent Council this year, but clearly that is just the start.  It is great that we have two ESPN Top 100 players on our team, it adds legitimacy, and is not lost on future, prospective recruits.  However, what is really great is how early Providence was able to find them and lock them up.  This applies more for Joe Young, in that he was not very well known at the time Providence went after him.  We must admit that we were really hoping that Providence would snag Oregon State bound Devon Collier, but we could not be happier with how things turned out.

Coleman and Giplaye have also improved since they inked with PC.  We know PC isn’t going to be able to compete with the Kansas’ and UNC’s of the country, but getting players who are great quality, Top 100 Players, that continue to improve before they get on campus is big.  We think there a good things to come.

Great news for Providence, and the future looks just a little bit brighter.