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Michael Young (basketball)

Michael Young
Young as a player for the Houston Cougars men's basketball team in the 1980s
Personal information
Born (1961-01-02) January 2, 1961
Houston, Texas
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school Yates (Houston, Texas)
College Houston (1980–1984)
NBA draft 1984 / Round: 1 / Pick: 24th overall
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Pro career 1984–1996
Position Small forward / Shooting guard
Number 43, 8, 42
Career history
1984 Phoenix Suns
1984–1986 Detroit Spirits (CBA)
1986 Philadelphia 76ers
1986 Manila Beer Brewmasters (Philippines)
1987 Great Taste Coffee Makers (Philippines)
1987–1989 Valladolid (Spain)
1989 Fantoni Udine (Italy)
1989–1990 Los Angeles Clippers
1990 Sioux Falls Skyforce (CBA)
1990–1992 Panasonic Reggio Calabria (Italy)
1992–1995 CSP Limoges (France)
1995–1996 Faber Fabriano (Italy)
1996 CRO Lyon Basket (France)
Career highlights and awards
Stats at
Young's #42 was retired at Hofheinz Pavilion on December 18, 2007.

Michael Wayne Young (born January 2, 1961) is an American retired basketball player. He had a 15-year playing career spent in the NBA and overseas. He was most recently the director of basketball operations and performance enhancement at the University of Houston, his alma mater.[1]


  • College 1
  • NBA and CBA 2
  • Overseas 3
  • Post-playing career 4
  • Personal 5
  • Notes 6
  • External links 7


Young, a native Houstonian, played basketball at Georgetown Hoyas.


Michael Young was selected by the Boston Celtics with the 24th overall pick (1st round) of the 1984 NBA Draft.

He played in three NBA seasons: 1984-85 with the Phoenix Suns, 1985-86 with the Philadelphia 76ers, and 1989-90 with the Los Angeles Clippers. He also played two seasons with the Continental Basketball Association's Detroit Spirit, where he was named the CBA's Player of the Year in 1986 after averaging 26 points per game.[3]


Young also played in the Philippines, Spain, Italy, France and Israel.[3] In 1986, he led Manila Beer to the finals of the Philippine Basketball Association Open Conference, losing to the Ginebra San Miguel team led by Billy Ray Bates. Young, however, won Best Import honors over the highly favored Bates. He would return the following year, this time with the Great Taste Coffee Makers,[4] which he led to another runner-up finish to Tanduay Rhum, led by David Thirdkill. While with the French League's Limoges, he won the 1993 European Club Championship, the Euroleague.[3]

Post-playing career

Young concluded his playing career in 1998 before returning to the University of Houston.[3] He spent one season as an assistant men's basketball coach and five years as Houston's strength and conditioning coach.[3] He then became the director of basketball operations and performance enhancement.[3]


Young earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Houston in 2002. He and his wife, Tina, have five children: Michael Jr., Joseph, Mayorca, Jacob and Milan Maria.[3]


  1. ^ [2], Joseph Duarte, The Houston Chronicle
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Bio from Michael Young profile,
  4. ^ Thirdkill, Young head race for top import

External links

  • College and NBA stats from
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