Jitim Young

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Jitim Young
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Personal information
Born (1981-12-19) December 19, 1981 (age 36)
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
Position Guard
Career history
2004 Panellinios BC
2005 Dexia Mons-Hainaut
2006–2007 Minot SkyRockets
2007 Cupes de los Pepines
2007–2008 MAFC Budapest
2008–2009 Polonia Warsaw
2009–2010 Elitzur Ramla
2010–2011 Hod HaSharon
2011- 2012 Ramat Gan

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 and as an All-American at Gordon Tech High School.

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 his senior year of 1999-2000 where 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.[3]. 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 Classic game held in New York City. 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.

In 1998 and 1999, Jitim Young along with University Of Illinois basketball star Luther Head won back to back Shoot The Bull National 3X3 Championships. Shoot The Bull was a tournament held in Chicago which was sponsored by the Chicago Bulls NBA Professional Basketball Team.

In 2017 Young was inducted into the Chicago Catholic League (CCL) Hall of Fame, joining a distinguished list of other Chicago Catholic High School Athletic League Alums alums such as Mike Krzyzewski , Donovan McNabb, Johnny Lattner, Corey Maggette, Pete Mackanin, and Ray Meyer

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.[4]

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.[5]

Professional career[edit]

Although he had a stellar[clarification needed] career with Northwestern and the Big Ten conference, Young was not drafted into the NBA. He worked out at many pre-draft camps and many coaches and scouts[who?] admired his hustle and work ethic but due to his size (6 ft 2 in) and inconsistent shooting ability no teams took a chance on the guard. One predraft camp pitted Young against Big 10 rival and NBA draft pick Devin Harris in which Young consistently shut him down defensively.[citation needed] Also in a pre-draft workout with Andre Iguodala Young displayed the talent and athleticism to compete at the NBA level.[citation needed] At Tim Grover's basketball facility in Chicago, Illinois, Young has shown the ability to stand out on the court with NBA players such as Shawn Marion, Dwyane Wade, Jamal Crawford and Corey Maggette.[1]

He started the 2004–05 season in Greece, playing in ten games with Panellinios. Averaged 9.8 points and 4.0 rebounds. He 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 in all 47 games averaging 14.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 7.8 assists 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.[2] He will play the 2007–08 for MAFC Budapest in the Hungary League.[needs update]

In 2012-13 Young worked as color commentator for WGN Radio covering Northwestern University basketball games. In 2014 Young was named Most Valuable Player in the USA Basketball 3X3 National Team qualifications. Alongside teammate Arne Duncan Secretary of Education Team Ariel defeated Team Denver, 21–20. Young got the opportunity to represent USA Basketball in Russia. He is in the process[when?] of completing his first book Monologues Of A Good Man.


  • 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 20 points 5 rebounds 5 assists and 4 steals
  • 2008–09 Polonia Warsaw (Poland)
  • 2009-10 Elitzer Ramle (Israel) 18 pts 6 rebs 6 asst 3 stls
  • 2010-11 Hod HaSharon (Israel) 22.0 pts 5.8 rebs 5.1 asst 2.7 stls
  • 2011-12 Ramat Gan (Israel)

United States 3x3 national team[edit]

In 2014, Young was named MVP in Colorado Springs, Colorado and he was selected to the United States 3x3 national team for the 2014 FIBA 3x3 World Championship. The United States finished in 14th place with a 2-4 record. In 2015, 2016, and 2018, Young has competed in the semi-finals for the USA National Qualification Tournament in Colorado, Springs. Young is one of the best 3X3 players in the country. [3]