Ohio State '17 OH SF (JR) - Kyle Young

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    Junior Forward Kyle Young
    What he's done:
    After playing sparsely as a freshman behind Keita Bates-Diop and Jae'Sean Tate, Young averaged 20.5 minutes in 31 games, including 14 starts, as a sophomore. The power forward is an impressive natural athlete – most of his teammates viewed either Musa Jallow or him as the most athletic player on the team – who plays off the ball on defense and contributes with his defense, by staying in motion and grabbing rebounds. He shot 67.2 percent from the field last season, relying heavily on dunks and shots near the basket.

    His role next season: Young started for nearly half of the games last season, but he's no lock to return to the starting five in the fall. The additions of E.J. Liddell and Alonzo Gaffney will crowd the frontcourt and force Young to battle for his minutes. Young will have a role, but his minutes will be partially determined by whether he can become a more dynamic offensive player in the offseason, similar to how Andre Wesson did a year ago.
     
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    Kyle Young
    + Last year playing at their place it was a packed house. He is hoping to have that same thing here tomorrow night.

    + On the Cedarville exhibition game, Young said it was nice getting a game under their belt and having some film to look at.

    + He doesn’t think Cincinnati will be different with a new head coach. They are going to come out ready to play.

    + Kaleb Wesson is a super important piece to the team and it’s super important for him to be out on the court.

    + This team will learn and improve from each game.

    + This team is excited but they aren’t focusing on the outside noise. They have a young group of guys but they have good chemistry and they are a very connected group.

    + They have team goals and they want to get further in the tournament than they did last year. But they haven’t earned anything yet, they haven’t played any games.

    + On being a starter against Cincinnati last year, Young said it was exciting seeing his hard work pay off. The key to handling that moment is just trying to stay as poised as possible. The freshman playing in this game are going to feel overwhelmed at times but just focus on playing the game and do what you do.
     
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