Getting To Know The 2010 USA Nike Hoop Summit Team: Patric Young
March 26, 2010 - Colorado Springs, Colo.
Named the 10th and final member of the 2010 USA Nike Hoop Summit Team on March 22, Patric Young has had a good month. With eight points, 13 rebounds and seven blocked shots, he helped lead Providence High School to a 63-46 win over Tampa Prep on March 6 to capture the school's first Florida 2A state championship and a 31-1 overall record in 2009-10.
The 6-10 forward out of Jacksonville averaged 13.0 points, 14.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 4.0 blocks per game in 2009-10 and was lauded as much for his defense as anything this season. Blocking five shots and collecting a game-high 13 rebounds in the state semifinals, Young's defense might be exactly what the USA will need to match up against the World Team's 7-footer Robert Loe (JTB/Breakers / New Zealand) as well as its three players standing at 6-10, Enes Kanter (Stoneridge Prep, Calif. / Turkey), Nikola Mirotic (Faymasa Palencia, Spain / Montenegro) and Tristan Thompson (Findlay Prep, Nev. / Canada).
Before Young and his U.S. teammates square off against the World Select Team in the 13th annual Nike Hoop Summit on Saturday, April 10 in Portland, Ore, however, Young talked with USABasketball.com about helping Providence to its first state title, his decision to attend the University of Florida next fall and what he hopes to accomplish during his time in a USA jersey.
On high high school season:
In the beginning of the season, we made one goal that it was just going to be to win the state championship and get coach Martin his first one. When it came to playoff time, we knew that it was time to really step our game up to make sure that we were playing together as a team. We were able to do that in the end, and it felt great.
Not only was it my first state title, it was my first time out of districts.
In the news:
How would you describe your style?
I hustle and play hard. I'm a great post defender. I talk a lot - a lot of energy, a lot of passion on the court. Attack the offensive and defensive boards for rebounds. I am working on my post game, and it's getting pretty good. Real athletic.
What are you most focused on improving?
I guess you could say I'm focused on making sure I have my post moves polished for the next level. I know it's going to be a whole lot harder to get your moves off.
Do you have a favorite workout or drill?
Working on post moves. That is where my bread and butter is.
Do you have a least favorite workout or drill?
I get through everything about the same. Stretching is probably the hardest thing if that counts. I'm real tight. It's not that I don't like it.
What motivates you?
I don't know. That's just my game. If I get tired, I just know that I have to keep pushing through and then I'll stop being tired because I'll get a break soon. You can never take a play off.
Is there a U.S. team member playing with?
Yeah, I'm excited I get to play with Jared (Sullinger). We are good friends, and he is another big man that can help me get my game better. I can help him get better too.
What made you decide on the University of Florida?
It was my dream school. My grandparents had a big role in that. They are diehard Gator fans. They've had season tickets for a long time. They love the Gators and that rubbed off on me, and I love the Gators. So, it's kind of by force - well I shouldn't say force, it kind of just happened. It's been like that since I was younger - always watching games and going to the games. I had been to plenty of games before they were looking at me as a basketball player.
What do you know about the Nike Hoop Summit?
I didn't really know anything about the game when I accepted the invitation from USA Basketball. I knew that there were a lot of players who had played in the game.
What are your thoughts about playing in the Rose Garden?
It doesn't matter how many people are out there or how big the venue is. When you step on the court, you just have to be ready to play. You can't be in awe of who is out there watching or where you are playing. Anybody could be out there. You can't let the crowd dictate the game.
What does it feel like to know you are going to represent your country in a USA jersey?
Anytime you get to represent your country you should be honored and make sure that you are playing for the right reasons. It's a blessing that I can do what I am doing now.
It didn't register in the beginning how exciting this was because I didn't know how big of an accomplishment it was until I talked to my AAU coach. He told me how big of a deal it was and how it was different from the McDonald's game. It's not an all-star event.
I just hope we win. I might be the ugliest win, but a win is what we are all looking for.