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Nick Young (born June 1, 1985, in Los Angelesmarker, Californiamarker) is an Americanmarker professional basketball player who current plays for the Washington Wizards of the NBA at both the shooting guard and small forward positions.

High school career

Young flunked out of two high schools before finally being admitted to a third, Cleveland High School, in suburban Reseda, Californiamarker. He had to take his SAT test three times before graduating. His first attempt he scored a 680 out of 1600, then scored a 620, before eventually getting a score of a 890 out of 1600 He averaged 27.2 points and 10.8 rebounds as a 2004 senior at Cleveland, earning 2004 CIF L.A. City Section, Los Angeles Times All-City and San Fernando Valley first team honors. He shot 57.3% from the field and 46.8% from three-point range (52-of-111), had 48 steals and 41 blocks as Cleveland finished 25–4. Young was tabbed the seventh-best player in the country by HoopScoop and listed by prep basketball guru Frank Burlison as among the Top 50 recruits in 2004. He once scored 56 points in one game and had 23 rebounds in another. He earned CIF L.A. City Section first team honors in 2003 and was included in a list of Top Seniors by Athlon heading into 2004.

College career

Young played for the University of Southern Californiamarker from 2004 to 2007 and was first team all-Pac-10 in 2005–2006 and 2006–2007. In the 2007 NCAA Tournament, Young led the fifth-seeded Trojans to a berth in the Sweet Sixteen, where they lost to the one-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels, 74–64. Along the way, Young led USC to a 77–60 first-round win against Arkansas. In the 2nd round, Young led the team with 22 points over the Texas Longhorns in a 87–68 rout of the team featuring the National Player of the Year, Kevin Durant.

Following his junior season, as expected, Young announced on April 15, 2007 to the Los Angeles Times that he would forgo his senior year to turn professional and enter the 2007 NBA Draft, where he was selected with the 16th overall pick by the Washington Wizards.

NBA career

Nick Young was selected 16th overall by the Washington Wizards in the 2007 NBA Draft. Young started his first career NBA game on December 15, 2007, against the Sacramento Kings. He scored a career-high 33 points on January 14, 2009 against the New York Knicks.


Nick Young is also the main subject of a documentary titled Second Chance Season, in which his exploits, short-comings, and success are reviewed by the biopic's director, Daniel H. Forer.

NBA career statistics

Regular season

75 2 15.4 .439 .400 .815 1.5 .8 .5 .1 7.5
82 5 22.4 .444 .341 .850 1.8 1.2 .5 .2 10.9
157 7 19.1 .442 .364 .836 1.7 1.0 .5 .1 9.3


4 0 4.3 .111 .000 .750 .5 .3 .5 .0 1.3
4 0 4.3 .111 .000 .750 .5 .3 .5 .0 1.3


  1. Nick Young's journey of loss, redemption and basketball
  2. UNC pulls off biggest rally of the season to dismiss USC
  3. Gibson keys decisive Trojan victory over Hogs
  4. Young pours in 22 points for USC in blowout of Texas
  5. Trojans' Young set to declare but may not get agent
  6. USC's Young passes on senior year, turns pro
  7. ESPN - Los Angeles vs. Washington - Recap - March 30, 2008
  8. Second Chance Season (2007) - Movie Info - Yahoo! Movies

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