Drake’s all-time leading scorer is reaching new heights in his basketball career.
Josh Young was selected by the Austin Toros in the third round of the NBA D-League draft last week and will return from overseas to continue his professional career in the United States.
The Toros are affiliated with the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA.
The 6-foot-1 guard had 1,789 points in his Bulldog career and was chosen by league coaches to the All-Missouri Valley Conference team three times. He is also the school’s career leader with 255 three-point field goals and 442 free throws made.
Young graduated last spring and left Drake as arguably the greatest player in school history. As a sophomore, he led the 2008 MVC regular season and tournament champion Bulldogs in scoring, averaging 15.9 points per game and helping Drake reach the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1971.
Young signed a professional contract to play for AS de Sale of the Moroccan D-1 basketball league in August. He reported to the team in September and will now return to play in the NBADL.
Young finished his senior year by scoring at least 20 points in six of his last 12 games. One of his career highlights came in the first round of last year’s State Farm MVC Championship in St. Louis, when he drilled a fade-away jumper with 1.5 seconds left to lift Drake to a 63-61 victory over Southern Illinois.
Training camp for Austin began on Monday. The team opens up the season on the road versus the Maine Red Claws on Nov. 19.
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