Former Patriot Jesse Young Shines for Team Canada

Posted: September 3, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason has a representative in the 2003 Tournament of the Americas Men’s Basketball Olympic Qualifying event, being held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, as former Patriot Jesse Young (1999-2003) has seen consistent action on the court as a member of the Canadian National Team.

Young has appeared in every game for Team Canada, which is 4-2 overall (3-2 in Group C and in fourth place) after seven days of competition. A native of Peterborough, Ontario, Young is averaging 9.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game while playing 20.8 minutes per outing. Young’s best performance of the tournament occurred in Canada’s 90-84 victory over Uruguay Saturday when he scored 13 points, collected 6 rebounds, and added 2 assists.

“It was a real thrill for our coaches and players to watch Jesse compete for Team Canada against the U.S.,” says Jim Larranaga, Mason men’s basketball head coach. “Seeing him play against NBA all-stars such as Tim Duncan, Jermaine O’Neal, and Kenyon Martin was very exciting. It’s great to see him represent Canada and George Mason University in the Tournament of the Americas, and we’d love to see Jesse compete for Team Canada in next year’s Olympics.”

For his career, Young played in 115 games as a Patriot, averaging 9.3 points and 6.2 rebounds. He ranks 19th on the all-time scoring list, with 1,073 points, and is eighth in career rebounds (708) and blocked shots (84). He is only the eighth Mason player in history with more than 1,000 points and 700 rebounds in a career.

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