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Prospect Profile

Alex Young

  • Full Name: Alex Young
  • Position: Shooting Guard / Small Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-6 / 212
  • Birthdate: October 17, 1989
  • College: IUPUI

Strengths:
* Great athlete
* Stat sheet stuffer
* Quick first step/attacks the rim
* Good rebounder
* Good free-throw shooter
* Solid defender
* NBA size
* Consistency of effort

Weaknesses:
* Has to get more consistent from the perimeter
* Decision-making could be tightened up

NBA projection:
Young is looking to become just the second player drafted from IUPUI. The first was George Hill, with whom Young would have been teammates in the 2008-09 season had Hill not decided to enter the NBA Draft after his junior year. Young has been projected as a second-round pick, and he’s got a lot of tools to excel in the NBA, not the least of which are good size and athleticism.

2011-12 Season:
Young has an exceptional senior season, ranking in the top 15 nationally in scoring and leading his team in rebounding, steals, blocked shots, made 3-pointers and free-throws made. He set an IUPUI Division I record by scoring a career-high 43 points against Western Kentucky. Young was chosen to the All-Summit League first team. He finished his career as the third all-time scorer at IUPUI and fourth in the Summit.

Key statistics:
20.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 2.2 apg, 2.4 tpg, 1.6 spg, 1.0 bpg, 32.8 mpg, .424 FG, .339 3PT, .817 FT

Cool statistic:
Young ended his career as the leading active scorer in college basketball, having scored 2,286 points. He was also the active leading in double-figure scoring games, with 111 in 131 games.

Reminds me of:
Josh Howard

What Insiders Say:
IUPUI coach Todd Howard
“He’s a bona fide, bona fide scorer. He can get points at the line, he can go to the bucket, he can hit threes, he can score in transition, on put-backs. Scoring’s just his forte. Some guys have it, and he does.”

IUPUI guard Alex Young
"Pretty much everything was working [in a school-record 43-point game against Western Kentucky.] Everything I put up tonight, I felt like it was in rhythm and it wasn't forced. I'm really at my best when I get in rhythm and get good shots.”

What Outsiders Say:
Oral Roberts coach Scott Sutton
"When a player that good gets in a groove ... he's hard to stop, and (Young) was in one of those zones tonight (after young scoring 34 points].”
 

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch.

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