The Griz have announced what we have suspected for a few months now, that Raason Young, a 6-6 wing player from Hagerston Community College in Maryland will be wearing a Grizzly uniform next season. I think this is a great pick up for the Griz for next year. Young will bring a lot of speed and athleticism to both the shooting guard and small forward position and a very potent offensive arsenal. He is also going to push both McGillis and Staudacher for their starting positions the minute he steps on the court. Competition is always good. This one addition is going to pay big time dividends for the Griz next year.
Grizzlies add JC standout
by: Dave Guffey of UM Sports Information
Wednesday, 7/22/2009 Updated: 7/22/2009 4:33 PM
The University of Montana Grizzly basketball team has added a junior college standout to its 2009-10 roster, announced fourth-year UM Head Coach Wayne Tinkle.
Raason (pronounced: ray-sahn) Young, a 6-6, 190-pound (three) forward from Hagerston (pronounced: Hay-gers-ton) Community College (Maryland) has accepted a scholarship to play for the Grizzlies. He will be a junior at UM.
Young is one of four additions to the Grizzlies’ roster. He joins three players from the prep ranks: Will Cherry, a 6-1 combination guard from McClymonds High School in West Oakland, Calif., Eric Hutchison, a 6-9, 215-pound post player from Mark Morris High School in Longview, Wash., and 6-5, 190-pound forward Thurman Woods from Dominguez High School in Compton, Calif., all received scholarships to play for the Grizzlies in the early signing period last November.
Young, from Washington, D.C., was a first team All-Maryland JUCO team and All-Region selection last season for the 22-9 Hawks.
“We are excited to welcome Raason to our program,” Tinkle said. “He’s a very athletic wing player and plays with a high level of intensity. We fell he will be a fine addition to our team, especially defensively . He shoots the ball well from three-point range, and adds a lot of athleticism to our perimeter players.
“We feel like he, along with our three freshmen signees, has helped us improve our athletic needs,” Tinkle said. “They are all great kids, and this could prove to be a pretty special class for us.”
As a sophomore, he averaged 18.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks, shot 45.5% from the field, 79.3% from the line, and 37.1% from three-point range.
He scored a career-high 42 points in a 117-93 win at College of Southern Maryland.
“He is a kid whose motor never stops,” said Hagerston CC Head Coach Earl Redden. “He works hard in practice, and is constantly trying to get in the best shape possible. He wants to be a winner.
“He’s got some gifts,” Redden continued. “If he plays under control and works within the system and exploits what he can do, he will be one of the better players in the conference. With his range and skills he has a chance to make it to the next level.”
His freshman season he played junior college basketball at Missouri State University – West Plains, where he started for the 27-5 Grizzlies and averaged 8.0 points and 4.0 rebounds a game.
“I was impressed with the coaches and the players when I visited Missoula,” Young said via a telephone interview. “I feel like they have good players there right now and that I fit in perfectly with the team.”
Young prepped at John F. Kennedy High School in Silver Spring, Maryland, where he played basketball.
Raason’s mom is Carlotta Young of Washington, D.C. He plans to major in sociology. His birth date is une 16, 1988.