Young Signs with MT Hoops

November 26, 2001 · MT Media Relations
Middle Tennessee's men's basketball team got welcome news this week when Marshall County standout Kyle Young signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Blue Raiders in the 2002-03 season.

Young, a 6-10 forward, has averaged a double-double during the past two seasons. As a junior, he averaged 15 points and 11 rebounds while shooting a sizzling 63 percent from the field.

"I wasn't going to sign early, but the more I thought about it the more I realized Middle Tennessee is where I wanted to be. There was no reason to wait. It's a good fit for me," Young said.

His efforts helped to lead Marshall County to a 21-10 record and a berth into the Class AA State Tournament.

He was District and Region MVP as a junior along with being named All-Midstate and Honorable Mention All-State. As a sophomore, Young was named All-District and All-District Tournament and Third Team All-Midstate.

Young holds the school record for rebounds in a single game at Marshall County with 23 and is on pace to be among the top five scorers and top three rebounders in school history.

Head Coach Randy Wiel said, "Kyle is one of the top prospects in the state. He is a very versatile player who is at home playing either power forward or small forward. He runs the floor well, shoots well, and can dribble. He's a very athletic player."

Young also has a strong basketball lineage and ties with Middle Tennessee. His father, Spence Young, played at Vanderbilt with former MT athletic director Lee Fowler and led the state in scoring at Marshall County as a senior. His older brother is already a student at Middle Tennessee.

Young, who sports a 4.0 grade point average, chose Middle Tennessee over Texas Tech and Ole Miss among several other schools that came calling.

Young's signing means that Wiel has landed two of the top high school big men in the state in the past two years. Current Blue Raiders and former Chattanooga City standout Charles Anderson, considered by many the second best big man in the state a year ago, committed early to the Blue Raiders also.

"We're glad Kyle decided to come to Middle Tennessee and we're excited to have him," said Wiel.

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