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Young as a player for the Houston Cougars men's basketball team in the 1980s
Young's #42 was retired at Hofheinz Pavilion on December 18, 2007.

Michael Wayne Young (born January 2, 1961 in Houston, Texas) is a retired American basketball player. After a 15-year playing career spent in the NBA and overseas, he is currently the director of basketball operations and performance enhancement at the University of Houston, his alma mater.[1]



Young, a native Houstonian, played basketball at Yates High School and the University of Houston. With the Houston Cougars, he was part of Phi Slama Jama. He played in the 1983 NCAA Final, a loss to the North Carolina State Wolfpack, as well as the 1984 final, a loss to the Georgetown Hoyas.


Michael Young was selected by the Boston Celtics with the 24th overall pick (1st round) of the 1984 NBA Draft.

He played in three NBA seasons: 1984-85 with the Phoenix Suns, 1985-86 with the Philadelphia 76ers, and 1989-90 with the Los Angeles Clippers. He also played two seasons with the Continental Basketball Association's Detroit Spirit, where he was named the CBA's Player of the Year in 1986 after averaging 26 points per game.[1]


Young also played in the Philippines, Spain, Italy, France and Israel.[1] Whilst with the French League's Limoges, he won the 1993 European Club Championship, the Euroleague.[1]

Post-playing career

Young concluded his playing career in 1998 before returning to the University of Houston.[1] He spent one season as an assistant men's basketball coach and five years as Houston's strength and conditioning coach.[1] He is currently in his tenth season at Houston, and his fourth as the director of basketball operations and performance enhancement.[1]


Young earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Houston in 2002. He and his wife, Tina, have five children: Michael Jr., Joseph, Mayorca, Jacob and Milan Maria.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Bio from Michael Young profile,

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