Kevin Young (basketball, born 1990)

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Kevin Young
Kevin Young Rainmen (cropped).jpg
Young shoots a free throw for the Rainmen
No. 40 – Santa Cruz Warriors
LeagueNBA G League
Personal information
Born (1990-06-24) June 24, 1990 (age 28)
Riverside, California
NationalityPuerto Rican
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High schoolPerris (Perris, California)
NBA draft2013 / Undrafted
Playing career2013–present
Career history
2013Halcones de Xalapa
2014Brujos de Guayama
2014–2015Halifax Rainmen
2015Brujos de Guayama
2015–2016Maine Red Claws
2016–2017Indios de Mayagüez
2018Kansas City Tornados
2018–presentSanta Cruz Warriors
Career highlights and awards

Kevin Young Jr. (born June 24, 1990) is a Puerto Rican professional basketball player for the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA G League. He played college basketball for Loyola Marymount and Kansas.[1]

High school career[edit]

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.[2][3]

College career[edit]

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.[2][3]

Professional career[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2013 NBA draft, Young signed with Mexican club Halcones de Xalapa on October 29, 2013.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6] 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,[7] only to be traded to the Maine Red Claws in a three-team draft night deal.[8] On January 17, 2016, he was waived by the Red Claws.[9]

International career[edit]

He also represents Puerto Rico at the international level, having played for his home country in the 2009 FIBA Under-19 World Championship and placing sixth overall.[2]

Personal life[edit]

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.[2][3]


  1. ^ "Kevin Young Player Profile". RealGM. Retrieved May 3, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d "Kevin Young Bio". Loyola Marymount Athletics. Retrieved June 29, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "Kevin Young". University of Kansas Athletics. Retrieved June 29, 2015.
  4. ^ Zubizarreta Alarcón, José Alberto (October 29, 2013). "Llega Kevin Young a Halcones Xalapa". (in Spanish). Retrieved October 29, 2013.
  5. ^ "NBLC Announces 2014-2015 Award Winners". April 13, 2015. Retrieved May 3, 2015.
  6. ^ Sherman, Rodger (May 1, 2015). "Canadian basketball team forfeits Game 7 of finals after shootaround fight". SB Nation. Retrieved May 3, 2015.
  7. ^ "2015 NBA D-League Draft Board". October 31, 2015. Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  8. ^ "Red Claws Announce Draft Results, Training Camp Roster". October 31, 2015. Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  9. ^ "NBA D-League Transactions". Archived from the original on April 1, 2016. Retrieved January 20, 2016.

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