BIOGRAPHY: Burly power forward DeJuan Blair was Pitt's most decorated player during the 2008-09 season, but Young still made quite a
name for himself for a school that came within a buzzer-beater its first Final Four appearance since 1941. He was ordinary
for his first two college seasons before increasing his scoring average from 7.2 points as a sophomore to 18.1 as a junior.
It went up to 19.2 in Young's senior season, when he hit big shot after big shot in leading the Panthers to a No. 1 seed in
the NCAA tournament. Nothing Young does is particularly pretty - from a jump shot that lacks much arc to his unique pump fake
- but he's turned himself into a good pro prospect. Besides being a solid scorer, he's an excellent defender with a big wingspan,
but that may not be very helpful when guarding small forwards like Kevin Durant or LeBron James. That may mean Young will
have to defend guards, and it remains to be seen if he has the quickness to keep pace with stars like Brandon Roy or Kobe
Bryant off the dribble. Young's offensive game isn't all that fluid, but it gets results. He perfected a baseline turnaround
jumper in his senior season and can get most defenders off their feet with an unorthodox shot fake that requires him to extend
to his tip-toes with the ball before quickly coming down and blowing by his defender. With an excellent NCAA tournament, Young
turned more heads, and now he's expected to be a mid-to-late first-rounder. If his athleticism translates well to the NBA,
he could wind up being a productive starter for many years.