Kyle Young is an elite student-athlete currently attending Jackson High School in Massillon, Ohio. The 6’8 forward is one of the most highly regarded frontcourt players in the entire country, currently ranked the #71 player for the class of 2017 per ESPN. Kyle is one of the most versatile players in the country, currently averaging 17.1 points and 8.5 rebounds per game, while shooting 35.2% from three as a power forward for King James on the prestigious EYBL circuit. College coaches are lined up for Young’s services on the recruiting trail, as they seek a skilled offensive player that can stretch defenses, while having the size and athleticism to finish at the rim, attack the glass, and defend the post.
I. AAU & SELF ANALYSIS
EM: Congrats on the great spring so far, you turned some heads with your ability. Can you tell us how things are going for King James as a team and for you individually?
KY: I think things went pretty well this spring with the team. We progressively got better the more we played together! We made it into the Peach Jam so we are super excited about that. As for my game, I think I’m improving too. Always trying to get better. I think I have been able to showcase all my abilities and that I can play against high level competition!
King James F Kyle Young (@kyleyoung3144): 19 PTS, 11 REB, 3 AST, 3 STL, 2 BLK in a win over Mac Irvin @KingJamesAAU https://t.co/S30P6kClsF
— D1 Circuit (@D1Circuit) May 30, 2016
EM: Can you describe your game for those that are not familiar?
KY: I would say I’m pretty versatile. I like to play on the wing where I can drive and shoot, but also play inside too.
EM: How often do you work on your game?
KY: As much as a can. I would say there’s something I do almost everyday to get better. That goes from training, lifting or just skill work.
Jackson (Ohio) Massillon junior Kyle Young (@kyleyoung3144) hit 4-point play at buzzer to help King James win 73-72: https://t.co/B9ABzhRsjR
— The Wolfpacker (@TheWolfpacker) May 14, 2016
II. ACADEMICS AND OFF-COURT INTERESTS
EM: Can we talk a bit about your interests as a student, what is your favorite subject?
KY: Can’t say that I have a favorite subject in particular, but I take all my subjects seriously.
EM: What do you plan to major in when attending college?
KY: Still undecided at this point.
EM: What are your interests off the court?
KY: Love spending time with my family, hanging with friends, causal things like that.
Kyle Young has come to play this morning. Really scoring it against Howard Pulley
— Brian Snow (@BSnowScout) May 15, 2016
EM: Shifting a bit to recruiting, can you tell us which schools have offered you?
KY: Ohio State, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Michigan, Purdue, Northwestern, Illinois, Florida, West Virginia, NC State, Clemson, Butler, Creighton, Xavier, Davidson, Old Dominion, Akron, Toledo, Kent State, Miami(OH), Bowling Green, High Point, UNC Charlotte
EM: Which schools show interest that haven’t yet offered?
KY: Vanderbilt and just recently, Kansas.
EM: Which schools are recruiting you the hardest?
KY: I hear a lot from Michigan, Ohio State, Butler, Michigan State, Clemson, NC State, Purdue, Florida and West Virginia
EM: What is your relationship like with UM/Coach Beilein – seems that your skillset/shooting ability would be a nice fit there.
KY: Pretty good, Coach Beilein was in for a home visit here not too long ago.
EM: Any visits or team camps lined up in the near future?
KY: As of now, none planned. I have team shootout camps in June though with my high school team. Going to Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan state
EM: What factors are important to you and your family when making your college decision?
KY: Overall just the most comfortable and best fit for me with good education, good team, and the relationships I have with coaches/ players, things like that.
EM: Do you have a timeline for your decision?
KY: I am looking to cut down my list here soon to about 10. Then my decision could be any time after that, but I am looking toward fall before my senior year of basketball.
Ohio State offered '17 Massillon Jackson F Kyle Young during an unofficial visit today.
— Corey Albertson (@Corey_Albertson) May 11, 2016
IV. PERSONAL GOALS & ADVICE
EM: Any personal goals on or off the court?
KY: Keep working hard at being a good person and striving to be great and successful. That goes for on and off the court. Always want to improve my game and have a goal to play professionally!
EM: Last, if you could give the youth some advice on how to succeed either on or off the court, what would you say?
KY: Work and work on your game if you want to be somewhere. Millions and millions of kids have the same dream but the difference is the kids who work to get it and want it bad. Always play hard and stay humble and true!
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