2016-2017 Season Stats
Courtesy of Pittsburgh Athletics
One of three returning All-ACC performers (along with Duke’s Grayson Allen and Clemson’s Jaron Blossomgame) from a year ago … leads all returning players in scoring with 1,187 career points … Has garnered all-league recognition in each of the past two years … was honorable mention All-ACC as a sophomore and third team All-ACC selection a year ago … Has the ability to contend for ACC Player of the Year and All-America accolades … Enters the year averaging 11.5 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game … has started 102 of 103 career games … shooting 51.0 percent (425-of-834) from the field and 75.2 percent (318-of-423) from the foul line … Expected to shine in an offense built around pushing tempo and creating mismatches … ball handling and passing ability will also be on display in the new system … Powerful interior player with the ability to stretch defenses with solid shooting touch beyond the three-point line … has the strength to excel in the post as well as the quickness and skill set to thrive on the perimeter … Possesses unlimited potential … will be counted upon to provide scoring, rebounding, leadership and intensity … Strong combination forward from nearby Duquesne, Pa. … one of four Panthers on the roster from the Pittsburgh area … All-around player who can play in the post, mid-post or on the perimeter … Strong rebounder who relies on toughness, quickness and playing with a chip on his shoulder … Consistently presents matchup problems for opponents … can step out and play the wing position against bigger defenders or slide into the post when matched up against smaller defenders … Combines with Jamel Artis to give Pitt one of the top returning tandems in the ACC … the duo combined for 30.1 points and 11.7 rebounds per game a year ago … Continues to emerge as a vocal leader for the Panthers … one of the hardest working players on the court and in the weight room … One of two college basketball players to serve on the 16-person NCAA Division I oversight committee in 2015-16 … Has improved his scoring average and field goal percentage in each season with the Panthers … expected to be one of the top scorers and rebounders in the ACC this season.
2015-16: Named to the third team All-ACC (coaches and media) … also a second team NABC All-District 2 selection … Averaged 15.7 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game … shot 53.7 percent (189-of-352) from the field and 77.8 percent (136-of-175) from the foul line … started 32 of 33 contests … Ranked among ACC leaders in scoring (14th), rebounds (12th) and field goal percentage (5th) … Scored in double figures 29 times with nine games with 20 or more points scored … grabbed double digit rebounds on five occassions … Finished the year with four double-doubles … Led the team in scoring 15 times and in rebounding on 17 occassions … also led the Panthers in assists five times … Had 19 points, five rebounds, one blocked shot and a steal in the ACC Tournament against No. 7 North Carolina, 3/10 … went 6-of-10 from the field and 7-of-8 from the free throw line … Recorded 24 points and seven rebounds at Georgia Tech, 3/5 … went 10-of-16 from the field and 4-of-4 from the foul line … Scored 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field at Virginia Tech, 3/2 … added nine rebounds and a blocked shot in the contest … Had 10 points, seven rebounds and two assists in 17 minutes in a win over No. 15 Duke, 2/28 … Finished with 10 points, seven rebounds and three assists against Louisville, 2/24 … Grabbed a season-high 13 rebounds in at Syracuse, 2/20 … Posted 19 points, eight rebounds, three assists, one blocked shot and a steal in a double-overtime win over Wake Forest, 2/16 … Had 15 points, six rebounds (four offensive) and two steals at No. 9 North Carolina, 2/14 … Registered a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds versus No. 9 Virginia, 2/6 … Went 6-of-9 from the field and finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists against Virginia Tech, 1/31 … Matched a season-high with 25 points against Clemson, 1/27… added seven rebounds and two assists … went 9-of-14 from the field with a pair of three-point field goals and 5-of-6 from the foul line … Had 13 points, five rebounds and a career-high nine assists in a win over Boston College, 1/16 … Posted 18 points and eight rebounds at No. 20 Louisville, 1/14 … Went 7-of-11 from the field and 11-of-14 from the foul line in a 25-point effort at Notre Dame, 1/9 … added five rebounds and four assists in the win … Scored 17 points in a win over Georgia Tech, 1/6 … Had 15 points and seven rebounds against Syracuse, 12/30 … Named Most Outstanding Player of the Gotham Classic showcase game after scoring 22 points and grabbing six rebounds against Davidson, 12/20 … went 9-of-14 from the field and 4-of-4 from the free throw line … Had 20 points, six rebounds and two assists versus Morehead State, 12/13 … went 12-of-13 from the free throw line in the win … Scored 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field and 5-of-5 from the free throw line against Eastern Washington, 12/11 … Posted 20 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and a blocked shot in a win over Duquesne, 12/4 … went 6-of-9 from the field and 8-of-9 from the foul line … Registered a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds against No. 11 Purdue, 12/1 … Scored 23 points to go along with four rebounds and six assists versus Kent State, 11/28 … went 10-of-15 from the field and 3-of-3 from the foul line … Collected 12 points, eight rebounds and six assists in 21 minutes of action against Cornell, 11/25 … Delivered 21 points, eight rebounds and three blocks in a win over Detroit, 11/20 … went 7-of-9 from the field and 7-of-7 from the foul line … Opened the year with a double-double posting 16 points and 12 rebounds against Saint Joseph’s College … also added six assists and a blocked shot.
2014-15: Earned honorable mention All-ACC accolades (coaches and media) … Averaged 13.4 points, a team-high 7.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game while starting all 34 contests … Also shot a team-best 53.0 percent (167-of-315) from the field to go along with 28 blocks and 21 steals … Ranked among the ACC leaders in scoring (T-17th – 13.4 ppg.), rebounds (T-9th – 7.3 rpg.) and offensive rebounds (3rd – 3.3 orpg.) … Led the Panthers in scoring 11 times and in rebounds on 17 occassions … Reached double figures in scoring 26 times with five 20+ point games … Also had six double-figure rebounding games … Had five double-doubles … Recorded eight points, seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks in the opening round of the NIT against George Washington, 3/17 … Collected 13 points, eight rebounds and two assists in the ACC Tournament vs. NC State, 3/11 … Went 9-of-13 from the field and 4-of-4 from the free throw line in a 22-point effort against Miami, 3/4 … Also had seven rebounds and four assists in the game … Scored 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds at Wake Forest, 3/1 … Recorded 22 points, nine rebounds and two assists in a win over Boston College, 2/24 … Went 5-of-8 from the field and 12-of-15 from the free throw line in the contest … Scored 14 points and went 6-of-9 from the field in a road win at Syracuse, 2/21 … Went 6-of-7 from the field and tallied 13 points in a home win over No. 12 North Carolina, 2/14 … Had 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting at No. 9 Louisville, 2/11 … Registered 13 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, a block and a steal in a home win over Syracuse, 2/7 … Scored 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds against Bryant, 2/2 … Went 7-of-10 from the field and scored 16 points in a win over No. 8 Notre Dame, 1/31 … Grabbed 10 rebounds in an overtime contest at Virginia Tech, 1/27 … Collected 14 points and nine rebounds against No. 10 Louisville, 1/25 … Had 11 points and four rebounds at No. 4 Duke, 1/19 … Recorded 16 points, six rebounds and two assists in a win over Georgia Tech, 1/17 … Posted a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds against Florida State, 1/14 … Eight of his rebounds came on the offensive end of the floor … Tallied 19 points, seven rebounds and three blocks in an overtime win over Oakland, 12/20 … Went 6-of-6 from the field in a 16-point effort against Manhattan … Added eight rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal in the win … Scored 14 points and grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds vs. St. Bonaventure, 12/13 … Went 8-of-12 from the free throw line … Had 13 points, five rebounds and two blocks against Indiana, 12/2 … Registered 13 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals against Kansas State in the EA Sports Maui Invitational, 11/26 … Posted a career-high 27 points to go along with 15 rebounds in a win over Chaminade in the opening round of the EA Sports Maui Invitational … Grabbed 10 offensive rebounds … Went 11-of-17 from the field and 5-of-7 from the foul line … Had 13 points and nine rebounds, seven offensive, at Hawaii, 11/21 … Scored 20 points and grabbed five rebounds in a win over Samford, 11/16 … Went 10-of-13 from the field.
2013-14: Named to the All-ACC Academic Team … Also an ACC Academic Honor Roll recipient Started all 36 games at power forward … Averaged 6.0 points and 4.1 rebounds in 21.6 minutes per game … Reached double figure scoring in five games … Converted 16 consecutive free throws from 11/30-12/17 … Scored nine points (4-of-6 FG) with three rebounds in NCAA Tournament vs. Colorado, 3/20 … Finished with nine points (4-of-8 FG) vs. Wake Forest, 3/13 … Scored a season-high tying 13 points (3-of-6 FG), hit 6-of-6 free throws in 30 minutes at Notre Dame, 3/1 … Played a season-best 33 minutes, grabbed seven rebounds at Miami, 2/5/14 … Scored eight points (3-of-6 FG), and grabbed four rebounds vs. Virginia, 2/2 … Registered nine points with seven rebounds vs. Duke, 1/27 … Scored 13 points (4-of-7 FG) with a three-point field goal at NC State, 1/4 … Finished with 10 points (6-of-6 FT), grabbed seven rebounds (five offensive) and dished out three assists vs. Youngstown State, 12/14 … Scored 10 points (5-of-8 FG) with seven rebounds vs. Loyola Marymount, 12/6 … Went 6-of-6 from the free throw line vs. Penn State, 12/3 … Scored 11 points (4-of-4 FG) with his first career three-pointer vs. Howard, 11/17 … Grabbed nine rebounds (six offensive) and scored six points vs. Fresno State, 11/12 … Scored nine points (3-of-4 FG, 3-of-4 FT) to go along with eight rebounds and two blocked two in season opener/freshman debut vs. Savannah State, 11/8 … Became one of only 14 freshmen in school history to start a season opener.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2013 graduate of St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, N.J., where he played for head coach Mark Taylor … Led St. Benedict’s to the National High School Invitational runner-up finish and to the New Jersey Prep Championship with a 32-2 overall record as a senior … Team concluded its 2012-13 year ranked No. 2 nationally by both USA Today and MaxPreps … Guided the Gray Bees to the NHSI national runner-up finish with a 67-65 championship game loss to Montverde Academy [Fla.] … Led team with 19 points (8-of-10 FG) and 10 rebounds in the title game, which was decided on a three-pointer by Montverde with 2.7 seconds to go … Finished with 10 points and sank two free throws to put the game out of reach in a 60-57 semifinal win over top-ranked Findlay Prep [Nev.] … Scored 17 points (7-of-12 FG) with nine rebounds in a NHSI first round win over LaLumiere Academy (Ind.) … Averaged 14.6 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, converted 89 field goals and 22 three-point field goals as a senior … Scored 20 or more points six times on the year, including four consecutive games … Also registered five double-doubles and reached double figure scoring in 18 contests Scored 23 points with 10 rebounds in leading the Gray Bees to a 93-47 state title win over Blair Academy … The Gray Bees’ first loss of the year was to Blair, 66-64, when St. Ben’s was ranked No. 5 in the USA Today national poll… Scored 19 points and grabbed a season-high 13 rebounds vs. St. Peter’s Prep … Totaled 23 points with 11 rebounds vs. Phelps … Finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds vs. Teaneck… Scored 20 points, grabbed 10 rebounds vs. Brooklyn Democracy … Invited to play in the Jordan Brand Classic Regional Game at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. on April 13, 2013 … Finished with 19 points (8-of-11 FG) and five rebounds in 29 minutes of action for the Black Squad … Played in the Donofrio Classic All-Star Tournament and finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds in I-3 All-Stars’ 123-116 win … Spent his junior year at Hudson Catholic High School in Jersey City, N.J. where he led the Hawks to a 25-3 overall and 13-0 league record … Played for head coach Nick Mariniello … Named an All-Hudson County first team selection after averaging 15.9 points, 11.6 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 1.9 assists per game … Scored 445 points and grabbed 324 rebounds as a junior … Ranked among state leaders in both rebound average (11.6 rpg.) and field goal percentage (72.8 percent, 164-of-225) … Shattered backboard against Memorial H.S. on Feb. 17, 2012 … The dunk came at the 7:07 mark of the second quarter with Hudson Catholic leading 37-8 … Scored over 20 points in six games and registered 10 or more rebounds in 25 of 28 games on the year … Finished with double-doubles in 23 of 28 games … Blocked a career-high five shots two different times … Finished with 20 points and a career-high 21 rebounds in a win over Memorial … Scored a career-high 34 points (12-of-14 FG) and hit 9-of-10 free throws in win over North 13th Street … Finished with 24 points on a perfect 10-of-10 from the floor and grabbed 12 rebounds vs. St. Joseph Regional … Finished with 24 points (9-of-12 FG) and grabbed 10 rebounds vs. Morristown-Beard … Grabbed eight offensive boards, finished with 17 rebounds to go along with 16 points vs. North Bergen … Scored 22 of Hudson Catholic’s 44 points on 10-of-12 shooting and grabbed 12 rebounds vs. Roselle Catholic … Played his sophomore season at St. Benedict’s Prep [N.J.] … Helping lead the Gray Bees to a 13-12 record … Scored a season-high 27 points vs. Woodson H.S. … Spent his freshman year at Shadyside Academy in Pittsburgh … As a 14-year old freshman varsity player, guided the Indians to a 19-8 overall and 11-4 league record … Shadyside lost 58-38 to North Catholic H.S. in the PIAA Class 2A second round … Played in the EYBL circuit during the summers … Played AAU basketball with the New Jersey Playaz Basketball Club for head coach Jimmy Salmon … Attended the Reebok Breakout Challenge, Five-Star Camp and Hoop Group Elite … Camp A consensus four-star recruit … Rated the nation’s No. 56 overall recruit and No. 14 power forward by ESPN … Ranked as the nation’s No. 63 player nationally by Hoopniks.com … Ranked the nation’s No. 97 player by Rivals.com … Ranked the nation’s No. 102 player by Yahoo.com and as the nation’s No. 20 power forward recruit by Scout.com.
PERSONAL: Born Michael Young on September 5, 1994 … Son of the late Michael Young and LaNette Braxton of Duquesne, Pa., which is located 12 miles from Pittsburgh … Former roommate of fellow Pitt signee Jamel Artis at St. Benedict’s Prep … Artis helped him cope with his father’s death … Committed to Pitt on August 4, 2012 … Chose Pitt because it was the “perfect fit,” along with its “loyalty and honesty” in the recruiting process … Also said that he was “excited to continue his career in Pittsburgh and to have the opportunity for his hometown friends and family to watch him play” … He also “relishes the opportunity to be the next homegrown player at Pitt” while following in the footsteps of Washington Wizards center DeJuan Blair, who played at Pitt from 2007-09 … Grew up watching Pitt and he always wanted to go to Pitt … Received scholarship offers from Florida, West Virginia, Connecticut, Georgia Tech, NC State, Memphis, Baylor, Xavier, Kansas, Rutgers, Marquette, Virginia, Miami, Fla., St. John’s and Seton Hall … Majoring in communication.