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Mike Young leads 87ers in scoring in G League debut

The former Panther put up 21 points in his first game

Washington Wizards Media Day Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

In his first notable game since leaving Pitt, Mike Young led the Delaware 87ers in scoring with 21 points on Friday in a 118-109 road loss to the Maine Red Claws in the NBA G League.

In addition to an impressive performance in terms of scoring, Young grabbed four rebounds, added five assists and limited his mistakes, committing one turnover and one personal foul in 34 minutes.

One stat that stands out for the wrong reasons is Young's 1-for-6 shooting from three-point range. However, it's worth noting that his shot is still intact, as four of his eight field goals were deep twos. He also looked impressive setting up his teammates, which is a pleasant and surprising development for Young, who averaged just 1.8 assists per game in his college career.

Young was joined on the 87ers by a few familiar faces, or more specifically, some old conference rivals. James Michael McAdoo, who played for North Carolina during Pitt's inaugural ACC season, put up a double-double, scoring 10 points and pulling in 10 rebounds for Delaware. And Emeka Okafor, a nine-season NBA veteran and former Big East Player of the Year with UConn, put up seven points and added 13 rebounds.

The former Pitt forward went undrafted after his senior season with the Panthers but signed a two-way contract with the Washington Wizards back in July, meaning he will spend time with both the 87ers and the Wizards this season. However, The Washington Post reported that Young will spend "most of the season" in Delaware.

The 87ers are the G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers, but Young was placed with them because the Wizards won't have their own G League team until the 2018-19 season.

Young and the 87ers will return home to face the Westchester Knicks on Monday night.