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Galen Young Set for Induction into MS Community College Sports Hall of Fame

Former Northwest Ranger basketball great Galen Young is set for induction into the Mississippi Community College Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m.

The 11th annual induction ceremony will be held at the Muse Center on the Rankin County campus of Hinds Community College. One former player from each respective MACJC school will be honored.
Young has showcased his athletic talents all over the world. A native of Memphis, Young came to Northwest Mississippi Community College in 1994 and quickly left his mark on the Ranger basketball program.
Young tallied 1,077 career points (7th all-time) and 637 rebounds (2nd all-time), adding 173 steals, 147 assists and 72 blocks. He averaged 17.4 points and 10.3 rebounds over the 1994-96 seasons and ranks in the top 10 in 10 stat categories in program history.
He was named team MVP as a sophomore and was also a two-time All-MACJC selection, an NJCAA All-American and NJCAA All-Tournament Team nod. He was a member of the 1995-96 team that advanced to the NJCAA National Tournament and finished sixth overall.
After Northwest, Young spent two seasons at UNC Charlotte, helping the 49ers to NCAA Tournament appearances in 1998 and 1999. As a First Team All-Conference nod as a senior, he led the C-USA champions in scoring, rebounding and steals and still ranks in the top 15 of several stat categories, including tied for first in double-figure scoring games (32).
Young was taken in the second round of the 1999 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks, just the second draft pick in Northwest history.
After a brief stint in Milwaukee, Young joined Grand Rapids of the CBA, where he was named to the 2000 All-Rookie Team. After one season in Japan, Young returned to the CBA with the North Charleston Lowgators. He would bounce in and out of the CBA until 2007, being named a two-time league all-star and the 2007 CBA Player of the Year after helping the Yakima Sun Kings to a league championship. He also won a championship in Australia’s NBL with the Perth Wildcats and was a head coach/player for the East Kentucky Miners.
Young continued to play with various semi-pro teams in nine different countries until his retirement in 2012. He returned to UNC and finished his degree in criminal justice in 2014.
He recently completed his third season as an assistant coach at Lane College in Jackson, Tenn. The Dragons have posted a winning record in all three seasons and claimed the 2017 SIAC Western Division and Regular Season championship, a first in program history.
Young is the proud father of five-year-old twin boys, Grayson and Ellis.

Courtesy of Kevin Maloney and Northwest Community College
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