Young Ready to Handle Any Role for Knights

July 8, 2010

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By Doug Richards

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - Throughout his collegiate career, senior guard Taylor Young (Orlando, Fla.) has handled various roles for the Knights. He has played point guard. Young has handled the shooting guard duties. He has been asked to defend the opponent's best perimeter player, and has exceeded.

One thing that Young has never been asked to do is score. As a result, he made his contribution to the team in different ways. Despite that, Young showed at the end of the 2009-10 campaign that he can put the ball in the basket.

Over the last five games of the season, Young was the Knights' top scorer. In those contests, he averaged 14.0 points and shot an impressive 61.5 percent from the field. The Orlando native even made 54.2 percent of his attempts from 3-point range. Young had one of the better performances of his career in UCF's thrilling triple-overtime game at Marshall. He made 9-of-11 shots and scored 23 points in 41 minutes.

New UCF head coach Donnie Jones saw Young score his career-high 23 points against the Thundering Herd, and will now have the chance to coach the guard during his senior campaign. This summer, Young is preparing to play in Jones' up-tempo system.

"I am just trying to get myself in great shape," he said. "I am continuing to work on ball-handling and shot consistency. I am also working on coming off of the ball screen and being able to drill dribble jumpers. I am getting used to shooting off the dribble."

Young averaged a career-best 7.1 points in 23.3 minutes of action this past season.

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