Jitim Young

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Jitim Young
Guard
Personal information
Born (1981-12-19) December 19, 1981 (age 32)
Chicago, Illinois
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school Gordon Tech (Chicago, Illinois)
College Northwestern (2000–2004)
NBA draft 2004 / Undrafted
Career history
2004 Panellinios BC (Greece)
2005 Dexia Mons-Hainaut (Belgium)
2006–2007 Minot SkyRockets (CBA)
2007 Cupes de los Pepines (Dominican Republic)
2007–2008 MAFC Budapest (Hungary)
2008–2009 Polonia Warsaw (Poland)
2009–2010 Elitzur Ramla (Israel)
2010–2011 Hod HaSharon (Israel)

Jitim Young (born December 19, 1981) is an American basketball player. Young attended Northwestern University and gained notoriety for his play at the collegiate level.

High school career[edit]

At Gordon Technical High School Young averaged 23 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists per game. He led Gordon Tech into the Illinois state tournament were they advanced to the Elite 8 but were eventually defeated by the eventual state champs. Jitim was named to the Chicago All-area team and gained All-State honors. As a junior Young averaged 18.7 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists per game. Young was named to the Chicago All-Area team and All-State.[1]. As a Sophomore Young led Gordon Tech with 14.5 points, to go along with 5 rebounds, and 4.5 assists. Athlons Magazine rated him as one of the top 5 sophomore combo-guards in the country, also made the top 40 in the nation. His senior season he was named an USA Today All-American honorable mention, Street and Smith All-American, and a Blue Ribbon All-American. Young played in the Capitol Classic All-American game which is now called the Michael Jordan game in D.C. Jitim Young was also a part of the prestigious Five Star Basketball Camp "Wall of Fame." At 5-star which is scouted by the noted Howard Garfinkle, Young captured 2 all-star MVP awards in the NBA division, sportsmanship award, Best Defensive player, and Young led his team to a championship as a rising sophomore.

College career[edit]

At Northwestern University Jitim Young was one of the top five freshmen scorers in the Big Ten Conference 2000–01 season. Sophomore year Young was vital in leading the Wildcats to a 16–13 record. He became Male Athlete of The Year at Northwestern, as well as Third Team All Big Ten selection as a junior, and his senior year Young was a First Team All-Big Ten performer and was honored to the All Big Ten tournament Team 2004. Young also made All-Tournament Team at the University of Texas El-Paso Christmas tournament (Sun Classic), and was named to the All-District Team.

Young finished his collegiate career ranked sixth on Northwestern's all-time scoring list with 1,521 points. Also ranks as the school's all-time leader in games started (117), and also ranks second in minutes played (3,849), second in steals (215), tied for second in games played (117), fifth in field goals made (548), sixth in three-point field goals made (108), and tenth in free throws made (317).

He led the team in scoring, rebounding, and steals in his senior (17.9 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 66 steals) and junior seasons (13.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 47 steals). Young was the only freshman starting in the Big Ten Conference when he suited up for Northwestern in 2000. He led Northwestern to 8 conference victories in his senior season, the first time since 1968.[2]

Young was the only senior named to the 2004 first-team All-Big Ten as well as the 2004 All-Big Ten Tournament team.

After being in magazines such as Sports Illustrated, Athlons Magazine, Street and Smith. Concluding his career that was also an article featuring Young in Slam Magazine.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Although having a stellar career with Northwestern and the Big Ten conference, Young was not drafted into the NBA. He worked out at many predraft camps and many coaches and scouts admired his hustle and work ethic but due to his size (6'2") and inconsistent shooting ability no teams took a chance on the guard. One predraft camp pitted Young against Big 10 rival and NBA lottery pick Devin Harris in which Young consistently shut him down defensively. Also in a pre-draft workout with Andre Iguodala Young displayed the talent and athleticism to compete at the NBA level. At Tim Grover's basketball facility in Chicago, Illinois, Young has shown the ability to standout on the court with NBA stars such as Shawn Marion, Dwyane Wade, Jamal Crawford and Corey Maggette. [4]

Started the 2004–05 season in Greece, playing in ten games with Panellinios. Averaged 9.8 points and 4.0 rebounds. Moved on to Dexia Mons-Hainaut in the Belgian League, averaging 12.6 points and 4.0 rebounds in 21 games. Young Led Mons to the Final Four in the Belgium league playoffs. In 2006–07 Young played for the CBA's Minot Skyrockets playing in all 47 games averaging 14.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 7.8 assist and 2.5 steals. Young Led Minot to the second best record in the League. He has since signed with a team from the Dominican Republic where he played for the team in the finals.[5] He will play the 2007–08 for MAFC Budapest in the Hungary League.

In 2012-13 Young worked as color commentary for WGN Radio covering Northwestern University basketball games. He is in the process of completing his first book Monologues Of A Good Man.

Teams[edit]

  • 2004–05 Phoenix Suns Summer league, Panellinois Greece (Athens)/ Belgium Dexia Mons.
  • 2005–06 San Antonio Spurs mini camp, Chicago Bulls (preseason) Veterans Camp. Young sustained an injury sidelining him the entire year.
  • 2006–07 CBA: Minot SkyRockets, Dominican Republic Cupes (Santiago)
  • 2007–08 Hungary (Budapest) MAFC Young was named All Hungarian honorable mention team averaging 20pts 5rebs 5asst and 4stls
  • 2008–09 Polonia Warsaw (Poland)
  • 2009-10 Elitzer Ramle (Israel) 18pts 6rebs 6asst 3stls
  • 2010-11 Hod HaSharon (Israel) 22.0pts 5.8rebs 5.1asst 2.7stls