Judge Memorial standout Terrell Young to walk on Utah State basketball team
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post incorrectly characterized one of Terrell Young's college opportunities. Young was offered a preferred walk-on spot at Southern Utah.
Judge Memorial coach Dan Del Porto wishes he had one more year with Terrell Young.
When Young joined the Bulldogs as a sophomore from Alpine, he was a little guy with some exceptional skills. As time has gone on, he's grown to 6-foot-3, and his shot has become one of the biggest threats on the floor.
One more year of grooming, Del Porto said, and he might've gotten a lot more college attention.
"He would've been on a lot of people's radar," he said. "He's just really improved by leaps and bounds, just from the time the season started to midway through."
As it happens, Utah State hopes it has found a promising prospect in Young, who will join the program this year as a preferred walk-on. The shooting guard has a clean stroke and a growing frame, elements the Aggies hope they can cultivate into a Mountain West-caliber player.
Since he has not signed a letter of intent, the team can't comment on Young, who decided to walk-on at Utah State instead of taking a similar opportunity at Southern Utah. He averaged about 10 points a game last year for Judge, and the Aggies coaching staff saw him live once. But they've expressed to Young that they think he has great upside.
He's unlikely to see much playing time as a freshman, with some of the Aggies' most established players in the backcourt and other guards coming in the latest recruiting class. But if he can show the ability to play at a high level, there might be more opportunities down the road.
For the Bulldogs, Young was a sharpshooter. He shot over 50 percent from 3-point range as a senior after recovering from a broken wrist he suffered the summer before. Del Porto says there's a lot to work on: taking the ball off the dribble, diversifying his options from catch-and-shoot, and just getting accustomed to playing DI ball.
"He's a competitor, and he wanted a chance to play at a bigger school in a bigger conference," Del Porto said. "Next year, he's going to be in practice every single day with really good players, and he'll get pushed. It will be really interesting to see where he's at this time next year."
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