Young provides points for Tigers
Published: Monday, January 22, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 22, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.
Union County senior guard Ted Young has seen his role change this season.
When Young was a junior, the Tigers had six athletic seniors on the team, including C.J. Spiller and Kevin Alexander, who both signed with Clemson to play football. The scoring was evenly distributed throughout the team, and Young wasn't asked to take over games.
This year, with all that talent gone, Young has been asked to step up and has been Union County's go-to scorer. He showed his scoring ability again this week, with 28 points against Chiefland on Monday, 16 against Keystone Heights on Tuesday and 28 against Pierson Taylor on Friday.
"He's really always shown that ability (to score), even as a freshman," Tiger coach Lee Clark said. "We kind of shared the looks around the team last year, but he's always had that scorer's mentality."
Young has also become a team leader. The Tigers were forced to forfeit most of their games after playing with an ineligible player. Clark said that Young has been instrumental in keeping the team's spirits high.
"He's doing a good job of keeping the morale high off the court," Clark said.
In addition to carrying the bulk of the scoring load, Young has been asked to be the team's point guard, after the starter was injured early in the season. Although Clark believes he would be more comfortable as the off-guard, he commended Young for doing what the team needed him to do.
"He's adapting to (the position)," Clark said. "Whatever he needs to do to help the team win, he's willing to do that."
Despite the position change, Young's scoring has not been affected. He's averaging about 22 points a game. Last week, he put up 45 in a game against Hawthorne. Only twice this year has Young been held to less than 10 points.
"(His consistency) is very important this year, because I really don't have another true scorer," Clark said. "If we don't have Ted producing, we kind of struggle on the floor."
— Daniel Shanks
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