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January 18, 2012
Monterey, Calif., is known for beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean and wildlife at nearby at Point Lobos State Reserve in Carmel, and Pebble Beach Golf Course is 15 minutes away.
The vacation destination south of San Francisco is starting to attract dozens of colleges due to Monterey Peninsula College sophomore center Andrew Young. The 6-foot-9, 235-pound Monterey native exploded last July and has picked up numerous offers, including one from NC State. Assistant coach Rob Moxley has led the Wolfpack's recruitment of Young.
MPC coach Blake Spiering said it's easy to see why Young is an attractive recruit.
"He is 6-9 and has a 3.8 grade-point average," Spiering said. "He runs and jumps very well. His skill level is very high. He can shoot it real well and dribble it. He is really good with his back to the basket and is really good facing up. He is so bouncy and highly competitive, so his motor never stops. He is kind of the whole package."
Young will have two years of eligibility at a four-year school, and has attracted colleges from throughout the country to Monterey Peninsula College.
"He wasn't recruited out of high school, and then he went to another junior college and didn't have a great experience," Spiering said. "He came back and sat out last year, and has really bought into our culture and philosophy here. He has really developed as a player and he's been super academically."
Young leads the California junior college ranks in both scoring and rebounding.
"That is very hard to do in California with 93 junior colleges," Spiering said. "With schools like San Francisco and schools like San Jose, and then all the Los Angeles schools, so he can play. He has the full package with the academic side.
"He is completely open and won't be making decisions on visits until after our season is over [in early March]. He is developing relationships and new relationships with coaches."
NC State started recruiting Young two months ago.
"He has been recruited the past 8-to-10 months, since the summer," Spiering said. "A couple of schools contacted him last spring. He's had numerous offers early, and it seems that every school that has watched him, have offered him. It's unbelievable, and great programs all throughout the country."
NC State coach Mark Gottfried hasn't seen Young play yet, but Spiering has caught some Wolfpack basketball on television.
"He's a great coach and I watched their game the other night," Spiering said. "He does a really good job and I'm impressed with how he relates to his players, the system they run and the toughness the kids have. I like him a lot, but I haven't met him."
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