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January 25, 2013

Link Thruough, 1/25

Filed under: Basketball,Players,Recruiting — Chas @ 8:37 am

Kind of busy in the offline world today. Time to just run the links.

Mike Young is looking really good at St. Benedict’s.

“He’s playing great. He’s playing fantastic,” St. Benedict assistant coach Bob Farrell said. “His game has gotten a lot better this year, and I think it’s because of his perimeter skills. He worked real hard in the offseason developing his outside shot.

“Now, the bigs have trouble covering him on the perimeter. He has become a solid, solid all-around player. Jamie Dixon is getting a heck of a player.”

Young is a McKeesport native who played at Shady Side Academy as a freshman before deciding to attend St. Benedict’s as a sophomore. He then played at Hudson Catholic in New Jersey as a junior before returning to St. Benedict’s. Both Rivals.com and scout.com rate him a four-star player. Rivals ranks him the No. 97 player in the country and scout No. 95.

Young had a nice performance Sunday when he had 16 points and seven rebounds in a 63-51 victory against Montrose Christian (Md.) at the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass.

Young has been playing the small forward and power forward positions for St. Benedict’s, a perennial power in New Jersey. Among Young’s teammates are senior guard Tyler Ennis, a Syracuse recruit, and sophomore guard Isaiah Briscoe, who already has scholarship offers from Pitt, Syracuse, Baylor and Florida, among others.

That he happens to be a local kid is seeming more and more like a nice extra rather than a particular feature. Zanna and Moore will be seniors next year. Minutes may be tough for him to get as a freshman, but he will be positioned to be the starting power forward as a sophomore.

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