A strong, athletic combination forward from nearby Duquesne, Pa., Michael Young is an all-around player who can play in the post, mid-post and perimeter. He is tough, versatile and is a strong rebounder who plays hard with a chip on his shoulder. Young displays major athleticism and is a force on the backboards. One of the top big men in the Class of 2013, Young recently has improved his offensive game with a soft jump hook with both hands and range on his jumper from out to 20-feet. He can also play multiple positions on the court including small forward and power forward and is willing to do the little things to get the job done. A powerful rebounder, Young has a mixture of presence in the paint and on the perimeter to be a dangerous power forward. He has an ideal frame for a power forward and tremendous skill level for his size which gives him the ability to be versatile and play different positions. He brings leadership and experience to Pitt. He is a matchup problem. If the opponents put a big man on him, he will step out and play the wing position and if they put a guard on him, he will slide to the post. Young has expanded his game to the point where he is capable of stepping out and knocking down shots and handling the ball.
A 2013 graduate of St. Benedict's Prep in Newark, N.J., where he played for head coach Mark Taylor...Led St. Benedict's to the National High School Invitational runner-up finish and to the New Jersey Prep Championship with a 32-2 overall record...Team concluded its 2012-13 year ranked No. 2 nationally by both USA Today and MaxPreps.com...Guided the Gray Bees to the NHSI national runner-up finish with a 67-65 championship game loss to Montverde Academy (Fla.)...Led team with 19 points (8-10 FG) and 10 rebounds in the title game, which was decided on a 3-pointer by Montverde with 2.7 seconds to go...Finished with 10 points and sank two free throws to put the game out of reach in a 60-57 semifinal win over No. 1 ranked Findlay Prep (Nevada)...Scored 17 points (7-12 FG) with nine rebounds in a NHSI first round win over LaLumiere Academy (Ind.)...Averaged 14.6 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, converted 89 field goals and 22 3-point field goals as a senior...Scored 20 or more points six times on the year, including four consecutive games...Registered five double-doubles and reached double figure scoring in 18 contests...Scored 23 points with 10 rebounds in leading the Gray Bees to a 93-47 state title win over Blair Academy...The Gray Bees' first loss of the year was to Blair, 66-64, when St. Ben's was ranked No. 5 in the USA Today national poll...Scored 19 points and grabbed a season-high 13 rebounds vs. St. Peter's Prep...Totaled 23 points with 11 rebounds vs. Phelps, Pa....Finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds vs. Teaneck...Scored 20 points, grabbed 10 rebounds vs. Brooklyn Democracy...Invited to play in the Jordan Brand Classic Regional Game at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. on April 13, 2013...Finished with 19 points (8-11 FG) and five rebounds in 29 minutes of action for the Black Squad...Played in the Donofrio Classic All-Star Tournament and finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds in I-3 All-Stars' 123-116 win...Spent his junior year at Hudson Catholic High School in Jersey City, N.J. where he led the Hawks to a 25-3 overall and 13-0 league record...Played at HC for head coach Nick Mariniello...Named an All-Hudson County First Team selection after averaging 15.9 points, 11.6 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 1.9 assists per game...Scored 445 points and grabbed 324 rebounds as a junior...Ranked among state leaders in both rebound average (11.6 rpg.) and field goal percentage (72.8 percent, 164-225)...Shattered backboard against Memorial H.S. on Feb. 17, 2012...The dunk came at the 7:07 mark of the second quarter with Hudson Catholic leading 37-8...Scored over 20 points in six games and registered 10 or more rebounds in 25 of 28 games on the year...Finished with double-doubles (points-rebounds) in 23 of 28 games on year...Blocked a career-high five shots two different times...Finished with 20 points and a career-high 21 rebounds in a win over Memorial...Scored a career-high 34 points (12-14 FG) and hit 9-10 free throws in win over North 13th Street...Finished with 24 points, was a perfect 10-10 from the floor and grabbed 12 rebounds vs. St. Joseph Regional...Finished with 24 points (9-12 FG) and grabbed 10 rebounds vs. Morristown-Beard...Grabbed a career-high eight offensive boards, finished with 17 rebounds to go along with 16 points vs. North Bergen...Scored 22 of Hudson Catholic's 44 points, hit 10-12 FG and grabbed 12 rebounds vs. Roselle Catholic...Played his sophomore season at St. Benedict's Prep (N.J.)...Helped lead the Gray Bees to a 13-12 record...Scored 27 points vs. Woodson H.S...Spent his freshman year at Shadyside Academy in Pittsburgh...As a 14-year old freshman varsity player, guided the Indians to a 19-8 overall and 11-4 league record...Shadyside lost 58-38 to North Catholic H.S. in the PIAA Class 2A second round...Played in the EYBL circuit during the summers...Played AAU basketball with the New Jersey Playaz Basketball Club for head coach Jimmy Salmon...Attended the Reebok Breakout Challenge, Five-Star Camp and Hoop Group Elite Camp...Consensus Four-Star recruit...Rated the nation's No. 56 overall recruit and No. 14 power forward by ESPN...Rated the nation's No. 63 player nationally by Hoopniks.com...Ranked the nation's No. 97 player by Rivals.com...Ranked the nation's No. 102 player by Yahoo.com...Rated the nation's No. 20 power forward recruit by Scout.com.
Born Michael Young on September 5, 1994...Son of LaNette Braxton of Duquesne, Pa., which is located 12 miles from Pittsburgh...Father Michael Young died in September 2010, not far from the Petersen Events Center...Former roommate of fellow Pitt signee Jamel Artis at St. Benedict's Prep...Artis helped him cope with his father's death...Committed to Pitt on August 4, 2012...Chose Pitt because it was the "perfect fit," along with its "loyalty and honesty" in the recruiting process...Also said that he was "excited to continue his career in Pittsburgh and to have the opportunity for his hometown friends and family to watch him play"...He also "relishes the opportunity to be the next homegrown player at Pitt" while following in the footsteps of San Antonio Spurs center DeJuan Blair, who played at Pitt from 2007-09...Said that he grew up watching Pitt and that he always wanted to go to Pitt...Received scholarship offers from Florida, West Virginia, Connecticut, Georgia Tech, North Carolina State, Memphis, Baylor, Xavier, Kansas, Rutgers, Marquette, Virginia, Miami, Fla., St. John's and Seton Hall.