Kevin Young (basketball, born 1990)
Young shoots a free throw for the Rainmen
|No. 40 – Santa Cruz Warriors|
|League||NBA G League|
|Born||June 24, 1990|
|Listed height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Listed weight||190 lb (86 kg)|
|High school||Perris (Perris, California)|
|NBA draft||2013 / Undrafted|
|2013||Halcones de Xalapa|
|2014||Brujos de Guayama|
|2015||Brujos de Guayama|
|2015–2016||Maine Red Claws|
|2016–2017||Indios de Mayagüez|
|2018||Kansas City Tornados|
|2018–present||Santa Cruz Warriors|
|Career highlights and awards|
High school career
Young attended Perris High School of the Sun Belt League. He helped his team go 25-7 overall and 10-0 in league play and leading his team to the CIF-SS Division 3 finals where it lost to Hemet West Valley. He finished his senior season averaging 16.1 points, 10.8 rebounds and 3.7 blocks.
Young began his college basketball career with Loyola Marymount where he broke the LMU school freshman rebounds (224) and rebounds per game (7.2 rpg) records with 224 boards for 7.2 rpg and also set the LMU freshman records with 34 blocked shots and 51 steals.
In 2011, Young transferred to Kansas. As a junior, he played in 38 of 39 games,becoming the Jayhawks’ key sixth man as the season progressed. He averaged 11.4 minutes, 3.4 points, 3.0 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game. As a senior, he ranked among the Big 12 leaders in rebounding (seventh, 6.8) and steals (15th, 1.1) and was Kansas’ second-leading rebounder at 6.8 rpg. Young had 22 games with seven or more rebounds, including each of his final four games of the season.
After going undrafted in the 2013 NBA draft, Young signed with Mexican club Halcones de Xalapa on October 29, 2013. He later had a stint in Puerto Rico playing for Brujos de Guayama before signing with the Halifax Rainmen in December 2014. Young was named NBL Canada Defensive Player of the Year for the 2014–15 season. On May 1, 2015, he and 10 Rainmen teammates were fined $5,000 each and suspended from the NBL for an indefinite amount of time. The team did not appear in the decisive contest of the league finals after violence broke out in the shootaround prior to the game. He subsequently returned to Brujos de Guayama.
On October 31, 2015, Young was selected by the Bakersfield Jam with the 17th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Development League Draft, only to be traded to the Maine Red Claws in a three-team draft night deal. On January 17, 2016, he was waived by the Red Claws.
He is the son of Alicia Morales and Kevin Young, Sr and has a brother and a sister. His father played basketball at Mt. San Jancinto College. Young graduated from Kansas with a degree in African American Studies and a minor in history.
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