Prep boys basketball • Terrell Young is shooting better than 50 percent on 3-pointers.
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It's the tale of two players for Judge Memorial's Terrell Young.
The 6-foot-3 shooting guard is long and lean with an explosive jump that pesters and annoys anyone going to the rim. His natural athleticism gives him the ability to speed along the court to shut down breakaways for the opposition. In a flurry of red and gold, he blocks shots and can spark the Bulldog offense at any time.
The other Terrell Young is a master of evasion. He uses his speed to cut to the basket or get open on the perimeter for a 3-point pull-up. With 42 3-pointers entering this week, he knows how to find the net from behind the arc.
This mixture of styles has helped Young's squad lead Region 10 entering the week as the Class 3A state tournament looms next week. A soft-spoken athlete who loves European cars and tries to pattern his game after the Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade, Young is a key piece in Judge's championship run.
"Our type of basketball is control," Young said. "We like to take care of the basketball and work hard on our defense."
Big, deliberate movements define Young's style. He is a fundamentally sound player who has been one of the top shooters for Judge. He averages almost 10 points per game and provides quiet leadership. He became even more important when senior Pat Neville suffered a season-ending injury.
Getting to this point in his career has been an exercise in constancy for Young. He works with his father in the gym practicing his jump shot and conditioning. His father tries to simulate game situations by having his son shoot from all over the court and sprinting to the other end to put up shots.
"He's helped me with ability to space the floor and improve my athleticism," Young said. "Being able to make the same shot over and over again has been a real plus this year."
Judge coach Dan Del Porto likes the balance between Young's athleticism and shooting prowess.
"He can make a flat-foot 3 for us," Del Porto said. "He's shooting 57 percent, which is probably one of the best in the league."
Young is exploring playing basketball in college next year. With a 3.4 grade-point average, he wants to study engineering and possible work in automobile design. But the unfinished business of the season is his No. 1 priority.
"I would like to make all-region, but winning for Judge is the most important," he said. "State means everything."