UCF Fastbreak - May 20

May 20, 2008

ORLANDO, Fla. (www.ucfathletics.com) - There were many surprised spectators in the new UCF Arena stands in late February when Taylor Young (Orlando, Fla./The First Academy) started for the Knights against Tulane. The redshirt freshman had been gaining playing time during the season, but shocked some fans when he was inserted into the starting lineup for the contest against the Green Wave.

Following the game, head coach Kirk Speraw told reporters that with his hard work and selfless play, Young had earned his playing time.

On the year, the point guard appeared in 24 games, totaling 16 points and 26 assists. Young took good care of the ball, posting a 3.7 assist/turnover ratio.

Looking ahead to his sophomore campaign on the court, Young wants to improve his shooting and plans to work on his strength and conditioning over the summer. He connected on 40 percent of his field-goal attempts last season.

Young appeared in four of the Knights first nine contests, but had a coming-out-party of sorts at Nevada mid-December. In just seven minutes of action against the Wolf Pack, he scored five points, dished out an assist and recorded a steal.

According to Young, it took him time early in the year to adjust to the college game.

"The speed of the game [surprised me]... the competiveness each and every game, no matter what was at stake."

During his redshirt year in 2006-07, Young had the opportunity to practice with the Knights while learning more about what it takes to play in Conference USA. That experience helped him become a key contributor for the Knights this past season.

"I learned a ton," he said. "I think I got a lot better, stronger and more prepared for my career."

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