Mike Young Wraps Up Rookie Year with Best Month of Season

By Jacob Withee | April 10, 2018

Prescott Valley, Ariz. – Mike Young came to the Northern Arizona Suns on a Two-Way contract with the Washington Wizards. Although that didn’t pan out, that didn’t get the 23-year-old down, as he finished with his best month of the season.

Young wrapped up the 2017-18 campaign with a 15.3 points per game average in the month of March, his highest scoring month all year. He did it in just 23.2 minutes per game as well, meaning he averaged 26.3 points per 40 minutes. Doing it all on 52.4 percent shooting (also his best), Young added 4.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in March.

In his second to last game of the season, Young tallied 37 points on 15-of-26 shooting, nine rebounds and five assists at the Santa Cruz Warriors on March 18. That wouldn’t even be his best game of the year, however.

On Feb. 2 vs. the Maine Red Claws, Young dropped 41 points on 15-of-24 shooting, including 5-of-7 from beyond the arc. At the time, that set a team record for most points scored in a game by a NAZ Suns player, and it remained the mark to beat by a player coming off the bench in the league. Young’s 41 points off the pine bested Long Island’s Jeremy Senglin’s 40 points he scored, also against Maine, on Jan. 23.

Going undrafted out of the University of Pittsburgh but quickly latching onto an NBA team, one would think he should have a busy offseason with plenty of interest. Add in the fact that Young was second on the team with seven double-doubles, the flashes of pure skill Young showcased were impressive.

For the whole season (including his four games with Delaware), Young averaged 12.2 points on 46.5 percent shooting, 5.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 49 games (19 starts).