Nick Young To Play For USC

July 12, 2004

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Nick Young, one of the top prep players in California in 2004, has signed financial aid papers with USC, Trojan men's basketball head coach Henry Bibby announced today.

'We're excited to get a long, athletic wing player like Nick Young,' Bibby said. 'He's the type of player we haven't had here since Jeff Trepagnier. He's a high-flyer who has the potential to be a high scorer and I think our fans will enjoy watching him play.

'He comes from a great local program coached by Andre Chevalier and has a good foundation in defense to complement his offensive skills.'

Young, a 6-foot-6, 195-pound swingman, averaged 27.2 points and 10.8 rebounds as a 2004 senior at Cleveland High in Reseda, Calif., earning 2004 CIF L.A. City Section, Los Angeles Times All-City and San Fernando Valley first team honors. He shot 57.3% from the field and 46.8% from three-point range (52-of-111), had 48 steals and 41 blocks as Cleveland finished 25-4.

Young was tabbed the seventh-best player in the country by Hoopscoop.com and listed by prep basketball guru Frank Burlison as among the Top 50 recruits in 2004. He earned CIF L.A. City Section first team honors after 2003 and was included in a list of Top Seniors by Athlon heading into 2004.

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