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2014-15 Pitt Basketball Previews: Michael Young

Sophomore Michael Young is poised for a breakthrough season.

Kevin C. Cox

Name: Michael Young

Position: Forward

Class: Sophomore

2013-14 Stats: 6.0 PPG, 4.1 RPG


Young started all 36 games for the Panthers at power forward last season and will remain the starter for the duration of this season. He has spent the offseason working on his range and will be more of a consistent part of the offense. Last season, he caused a stir when he showed his frustration with being told to not shoot on Twitter. Young was recruited for his unbelievable shooting touch for his size and will build upon that this year.


Young is an incredibly gifted scorer with great defensive abilities. He can run the floor and is the perfect forward for the average, fast-paced, ACC offense.


Young needs to improve his rebounding abilities and work on getting to the boards more often. He's proven he can rebound but needs to be more consistent - far too many times last year, he had only a handful of rebounds despite logging heavy minutes. Without Talib Zanna there to haul in 8.6 rebounds per game, Young needs to improve upon his rebounding skills or else the Panthers could struggle in that area.


I think that Young is poised for a breakout season and could even see him averaging a double-double if all goes right. He has all of the necessary skills and will get an opportunity to be the team's best big man in helping to fill the void left by Zanna.