Kevin Young, starting center for the University of Missouri Tigers, has signed an agency agreement with California based Court Side Global Management. The 6’9” 270 lbs senior who graduates later this month is preparing for a professional career overseas after representing Jamaica in the 2006 Caribbean Basketball Championships that are being held in Kingston, Jamaica in June of this year.
Young’s international experience began in 1996 as a member of the Jamaica National Junior Men’s team. He was an integral member of the 1997 Jamaican squad that decisively swept the CARICOM Championships, which ironically were held in Kingston also. Two years later he was named the MVP of the 1999 CARICOM Championships that were held in Georgetown, Guyana.
This season, in what was certainly a tumultuous year for the Mizzou Tigers, Young was arguably the team’s steadiest player, leading the Tigers in field goal percentage (50.3) and averaging 8.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. He is also the team leader in both offensive and defensive rebounds; and is nationally ranked as the fourth leading rebounder on the offensive boards.
Young had three double-double games this past season. His strongest performances in Big 12 Conference play were against Kansas (14 points, 9 rebounds, 32 minutes); Texas Tech (12 points, 9 rebounds, 33 minutes); and Iowa State (15 points, 7 rebounds, 25 minutes). He also had a season-high 14 rebounds against Oakland and three games of 13 rebounds.
Young, who received the Tigers’ 2004 George R. Edwards Academic Award for his outstanding work in the classroom, is also a First Team Academic All-Big 12 recipient.