BARBOUVILLE, Ky. - Ryan Young (Stanford, Ky.) signed his letter of intent to join the Union College men's basketball program for the 2010-11 season, the men's basketball program announced today.
Ryan Young joins the Bulldogs after spending last season as a member of the Lindsey Wilson basketball program.
Young was a four year starter at Lincoln County High School and helped lead the program to back-to-back state tournament appearances in 2007 and 2008. He was a four year member of the varsity team and eventually became a member of the 1,000-point club, while ultimately finishing his career as the second leading scorer all time in program history.
Ryan was also named the Region XII Most Valuable Player twice (2007, 2008) and was honored as the Region XII Player of the Year in 2008 to go along with his All-State honors from the Lexington Herald Leader and the Courier Journal.
While donning the Lindsey Wilson uniform, Young played in 21 contests, starting in two of those games. The freshman point guard averaged 9.5 minutes per game and hauled down 18 rebounds, while scoring 32 points in his freshman campaign, while also carrying a 3.7 GPA.
Ryan also took great care of the ball in his inaugural collegiate season, earning the best assist-to-turnover ratio on the team at 1.59 (27 assists, 17 turnovers).
Head Coach Sean Gillespie commented on Young's signing, "for us to be able to have a player like Ryan commit with us at Union College for the next three years is big. Signing players like Ryan helps us have a solid and consistent foundation as we continue to build towards the future of this program. His skill set really gives us lots of flexibility to use with our offensive and defensive system and his on the court accomplishments speak for themselves."
Gillespie went on to say, "we are also getting an athlete that knows how to take care of the classroom as evidence through his academic history. In speaking with his coaches, one of the things that continued to surface was how hard he works, which is a great attribute that is highly valued in this basketball program."