Sam Young: NBA Draft Profile

February 24th, 2009

Sam Young


College: Pittsburgh

Class: Senior

Position: SF

Height: 6’7”

Weight: 265lbs


Accolades: Honorable Mention All-American - AP (08), Big East Most Improved Player (08), First Team All-Big East (08), Big East Tournament Most Outstanding Player (08), Big East All-Rookie Team (06).


Scouting Report: A hard working, versatile forward.

Strengths: Big time scorer. Very efficient scorer - shoots for a high %. Capable of playing inside or out. Athletic. Good physique. Tough and physical player. Very experienced. Hard worker. Long wingspan. Good slasher. Can hit shots from all over the floor. Can be a dangerous three-point shooter. Good at drawing fouls and getting to the line. Solid rebounder.

Weaknesses: Stuck between positions for the NBA. Needs to work on his ball-handling. Can force the issue on offense. Will be 24-years-old by the time of the draft. Turnover prone. Not much of a passer - doesn’t get assists. Played most of his collegiate career in the post.


Projected 2009 Draft Range: Mid to late first round pick.


Consensus: Sam Young finds himself in the dreaded “NBA tweener’ category. Not big enough for the post in the NBA, Young needs to continue to develop his small forward skills to ensure his employment in the NBA.


Stats: Sam Young Stats & GameLog


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