Dawkins Announces Jayhlon Young to the Squad

ORLANDO – UCF head coach Johnny Dawkins continues to build his 2022-23 men's basketball roster as he announced the addition of JUCO transfer Jayhlon Young to the team on Wednesday.
Young, a 6-foot-2 guard, comes to UCF from Baton Rouge Community College, where he just wrapped up his redshirt freshman season in 2021-22 and was named to the All-Conference first team after tallying 142 points, 63 rebounds, 29 assists, 16 steals and 6 blocks in nine conference games. He was also a second team All-Conference honoree after a successful rookie campaign with the Bears in 2019-20.

"We're excited to welcome Jayhlon into the UCF Family. He's a versatile player will great ball handling and shooting skills, and we believe he can help us make a difference at both ends of the floor," said Dawkins.

"There's no doubt Jayhlon is going to be a great asset to our program and we're happy to have him on board along with our other new additions to the roster."

In his redshirt sophomore season in 2021-22, Young averaged 15.9 points, 6.9 rebounds and 3.0 assists while shooting 47.6 percent from the field and 33.6 percent from three-point range across 25 games.

Young played and started in 10 conference games for the Bears during his freshman season in 2019-20, scoring 122 points with 50 rebounds, 29 assists, 19 steals and six blocks during conference play. On the season, he played and started in 16 of the Bears' 23 games. He tallied 13.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists per contest while shooting 39.2 percent from the field. Young's best game of the season came in the team's last game on April 1, where he posted 25 points on 6-of-14 shooting from beyond the arc and 9-of-22 overall. He added three rebounds, two steals and a block. On the season, he tallied 14 or more points in seven contests.

Young graduated from Garland High school in Dallas, where he was a member of the Owls' 1000-point club and was a two-time First Team All-District member and the offensive Player of the Year.

He joins recent transfers Ithiel Horton, Brandon Suggs, Lahat Thioune and Michael Durr, as well as incoming freshmen Taylor and Tyler Hendricks as the latest addition to Dawkins' 2022-23 recruiting class.