THIS SEASON: Nick Young, 6-foot-6, 200-pound junior swingman in 2007, is a balanced player who blends tremendous athletic and scoring ability with solid play on defense. Is the top returning scoring in the Pac-10 from last season.
2005-06: Had a sensational sophomore season, leading the team in scoring (17.3) and rebounds per game (6.6), while earning team MVP, All-Pac-10 first team honors and NABC Distict 15 first team selection. Ranked fourth in scoring and sixth in rebounding among Pac-10 players, joining Cal's Leon Powe and Stanford's Matt Haryasz as the only players in the conference to rank in the top 10 in both categories. Scored in double figures in 29 of USC's 30 games, including the first 17 games. Had his first career double-double and led USC in scoring on Nov. 20 vs. CS Northridge with 18 points and 10 rebounds, but fouled out at the end of regulation and the Trojans lost in overtime. Scored 25 points and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds in the win on Nov. 25 vs. Eastern Washington at the Great Alaska Shootout. Had 12 points and eight rebounds in the 57-56 win at Alaska-Anchorage and was named to the Great Alaska Shootout All-Tournament team. Recorded his second double-double of the season on Dec. 10 at Loyola Marymount, with 13 points and 10 rebounds in the 71-69 win. Scored 24 points, 16 in the second half, in USC's 66-65 win at Arizona State on Jan. 5. Hit a three-pointer to tie the game at 63-63. Registered his third double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds on Jan. 7 at Arizona. Reached the 30-point plateau for the first time with 32 points in win vs. Washington State on Jan. 14. Scored 25 points and hit the game-winning shot with 0.8 seconds left in overtime to defeat Oregon State 72-70 at Corvallis, Ore. on Jan. 26. Led USC with 28 points and seven rebounds, while making three steals and a career-high 13 free throws in a loss at Washington on Feb. 9. Had a career-high 33 points and 14 rebounds in an 89-84 win vs. Oregon State on Feb. 25 for his fourth career double-double. Made 46.7 percent (191-for-409) of his field goal attempts and 80.1 percent (113-for-141) of his free throw attempts. One of two Trojans (Ryan Francis the other) to start all 30 games for USC. His 518 points scored were the second most ever by a USC sophomore, trailing only Harold Miner who scored 681 in 1991. His 113 free throws made also were the second most ever by a USC sophomore to Miner's 152 (1991).
2004-05: Earned team co-MVP honors along with fellow freshman Gabe Pruitt as the pair put together two of the best freshman seasons by Trojan basketball players in school history. Young averaged 11.1 points in 29 games (23 starts), third highest average on the team. He also ranked third in minutes (746), third in three-pointers made (28), second in free throws made (47), fourth in rebounds (118), tied for fourth in assists (38) and fifth in steals (22). He reached double-digits in scoring 15 times, including 14 times in his 23 starts. In Pac-10 games, Young led the Trojans in scoring in six of 18 games. He finished among the Trojan freshman all-time Top 10 in points (321), scoring average, field goals made (123), field goals attempted (279), three-point baskets, three-pointers attempted (89) and free throws made. Scored a season-high 22 points twice, first on Jan. 15 at Arizona State and then again on Jan. 29 vs. UCLA. His high in three-point baskets made was three, which he did four times. Pulled down a high of 10 rebounds on Dec. 18 vs. Western Michigan. He had 13 games with five or more rebounds and led the team in that category five times.
HIGH SCHOOL: Young averaged 27.2 points and 10.8 rebounds as a 2004 senior at Cleveland High in Reseda, Calif., earning 2004 CIF L.A. City Section, Los Angeles Times All-City and San Fernando Valley first team honors. He shot 57.3% from the field and 46.8% from three-point range (52-of-111), had 48 steals and 41 blocks as Cleveland finished 25-4. Young was tabbed the seventh-best player in the country by HoopScoop and listed by prep basketball guru Frank Burlison as among the Top 50 recruits in 2004. He once scored 56 points in one game and had 23 rebounds in another. He earned CIF L.A. City Section first team honors in 2003 and was included in a list of Top Seniors by Athlon heading into 2004.
PERSONAL: Young was born on June 1, 1985. Is an undecided major at USC and would like to work with children following his playing career. His favorite food is pizza, he likes to watch "One on One" and his favorite movie is "A Lot Like Love." Says his brothers John and "T" are his biggest sports heroes.