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Posted On: 07/8/18 9:14 AM
As a junior, 6-foot-9 traditional low post center Macauley Young averaged 16 points, 11 rebounds, and a couple blocks a game leading Shiloh Christian to a 20-7 season. Saturday in the Twin Cities at the Senior Showcase Young showed why he had the success he did.
If you look at the cover photo for this story he see Young turning over his left shoulder and touching in a shot over a much shorter player. At the Senior Showcase Young faced bigger players but once Young was able to get to his left shoulder turn, he was able to touch in shots. It was clear to see how Young had the 16/11 season he did as a junior and with only one senior graduating from the team Shiloh Christian expects to have a big 18-19 campaign.
“The high school season went well for us,” Young said. “We made it to state and we got 6th. We had a young team and know we have unfinished business. We believe we can go all the way. I believe my maturity has improved.”
Young is happy about where he’s at as well.
“I am in best shape I have ever been,” Young said. “I have been working hard in the gym. I had knee surgery over the summer 2017. Long story short, I overplayed and it caught up with me through my injury. Rehab was the toughest thing I’ve had to do. I have been working with Troy Guptill at Sanford Power Bismarck since the end of the high school season to improve my athleticism, speed and most important – stay injury free.”
Young is also playing with the ECI Selects team and next weekend they have the goal of winning the event in Sioux Falls.
“This is going very well,” Young said of his ECI team. “We all got a chip on our shoulder. We work as a unit and we all trust each other. The ball movement of our team is crazy, I’ve never seen anything like it. Our goal is to win the Sanford Pentagon Basketball League and to keep getting better.”
ECI Select is 17-9 on the season and has a 7-1 record in the SPBL so they are the favorites to win the event. Colleges will of course be in Sioux Falls this weekend to watch teams play and two in particular are paying attention to Young the closest.
“I’ve been in contact with Minot State, U of Mary, and Jamestown a lot. I’ve visited those three. I know I have to prove myself and stay injury free. I would love to play for a program that will use my talents where I can make a contribution.”
Macauley knows there are things he needs to improve as he hopes to takes steps forward as a player.
“’d like to keep improving my shooting and being more vocal. After AAU this summer I will be working on improving my strength, speed and athleticism. My senior year will be my best yet.”