NBA Draft 2003
NBA Draft 2003 Home
Draft Bios Home
Full Name: Chris Young
Position: Forward/Center
Height/Weight: 6-10 (2.08 m)/ 255 (115.7 kg)
Birthdate: May 25, 1979 (Dallas, Texas)
High School: Highland Park HS (Dallas, Texas)
College: Princeton

Princeton
SeasonGGSFGMFGAPCTFTMFTAPCTREBASTSTLBLPTSAVG
1998-9930149278.5366791.73616086325538712.9
1999-0030155311.49881121.669190105408741413.8
Totals60304589.516148212.6983501917214280113.4
Three-point field goals: 1998-99, 22-for-56 (.393); 1999-00, 23-for-80 (.288). Totals: 45-for-136 (.331).

Eligible for the 2003 NBA Draft since 2002-03 season was his fifth year on the NCAA eligibility “clock” that gives athletes five years from the date of their first participation as a Division I student-athlete to play four collegiate seasons. Young played two seasons at Princeton and then did not play the past three academic years.

Collegiate Basketball Career Highlights: In 1999 was Rookie of the Year in the Ivy League in both basketball and baseball, the first male in Ivy League history to be Rookie of the Year in two sports. Named First Team All-Ivy League as a sophomore and Second Team as a freshman.

Baseball Career Highlights: In August 2000, after having been drafted in the third round of the Major League Baseball Draft as a right-handed pitcher, signed a contract worth a reported $1.65 million with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, effectively ending both his collegiate baseball and basketball careers. The Ivy League does not allow a player to retain amateur status in one sport while playing as a professional in another sport (a la Danny Ainge at BYU years ago). He pitched a few games in the low minors for the Pirates in 2000 and 2001 while he completed his degree, graduating in June 2002. In 2002, pitched for Hickory, a Class A team in the Pirates chain, and compiled an 11-9 record with a 3.11 ERA (earned run average) in 26 starts. On December 20, 2002, Young was traded by the Pirates to the Montreal Expos organization along with fellow prospect Jon Searles for major league pitcher Matt Herges.

Young began the 2003 season on the injured list but was spectacular in his first few appearances for the Brevard County Manatees of the Florida State League (full-season A). In 19 innings pitched through May 14, he was 3-0 with an ERA of 0.47. He struck out 20 and walked only two in 19 innings, allowing one run and seven hits.

Sophomore (1999-00): Improved in all areas, his 3.0 blocked shots per game led the Ivy League (13th in nation). Finished in the top 10 in the Ivy League in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage, steals, assists and blocks.

Freshman (1998-99): Set a Princeton record for blocked shots in a single season with 55. His point and rebound totals were Princeton freshman records. Scored a season-high 24 points vs. North Carolina State in the NIT.

Strengths: He is an excellent shooter and passer, able to operate the Princeton offense from the high post.

Personal: Was First Team All-State in Texas in baseball and basketball as a high school senior. Helped his high school baseball team win the state championship as a senior.