Former Pitt star Mike Young had a weekend to remember in the NBA G League. The Northern Arizona Suns forward set a team record when he put up 41 points on Friday after coming off the bench and followed that up with a 20-point, 13-rebound double-double on Saturday.
Young’s 41-point game broke a team record for points scored in a game previously held by Elijah Millsap, who scored 38 on April 1, 2017. His big night was the end result of an incredible shooting performance, as he made 65 percent of his 23 shots from the field, including 71 percent of his seven three-point attempts. He also converted six of his eight free throws.
Thanks to the former Panther’s contributions, the Suns were able to top the Maine Red Claws 123-112 in the first game of a weekend homestand. The only potential knock on Young’s performance might have been that it was a bit one dimensional, as he kicked in just one assist and two rebounds aside from his 41 points, but he put any such concerns to rest on Saturday.
In the Suns’ matchup with the Santa Cruz Warriors the following day, Young had a more balanced outing, as he came off the bench again to score 20 points and grab 13 rebounds. His shooting took a bit of a hit relative to his record-setting night on Friday, as he went 6-of-11 from the field and was unable to find the net on any of his three three-point attempts.
The Suns took Saturday’s matchup 122-113, and Young’s 13 rebounds led the team.
This weekend was just the latest installment in an impressive debut season in the G League for Young, as he earned second-team All-NBA G League honors last month. In terms of overall performance, he’s been putting up healthy numbers, averaging 12.2 points. 5.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.
Young will be in action again Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. ET, when the Suns head to Hidalgo, Texas, to take on the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.