All his life, Nick Young has shined on the many basketball courts throughout Los Angeles. From his dominant days at Cleveland High to his All-Pac-10 career at USC, Young has thrived on the city’s hardwood en route to taking L.A.’s biggest stage — STAPLES Center — as a member of the Lakers.
So it’s only natural that Young has been putting on a show at Los Angeles’ biggest summer league — the Drew League.
Featuring players from across the country, including pros like L.A. natives James Harden and DeMar DeRozan, the Drew’s high-scoring affairs are a natural setting for Young to put on a show.
The 30-year-old did just that, leading his team, M.H.P., to the league semifinals by dropping 34 points while collecting four rebounds, three assists and three steals in the second round of the playoffs. For his efforts, Young was named the Drew League Player of the Week.
Young’s award comes just a week after he provided the Drew with one of its highlights of the year. With M.H.P. tied in double overtime on July 26 and the clock running down, Young shook his defender with a behind-the-back dribble and then swished the game-winning, buzzer-beating 3-pointer.
The week before that one, Young had already caught fire at the Drew, racking up 26 points and 13 rebounds to complement DeRozan, his M.H.P. teammate, who had 24 points.
M.H.P. is scheduled to take on Hank Houdini’s All-Stars in the Drew League semifinals on Saturday.