Jacob Young, a 2016 combo guard from Houston Yates, committed to the Texas Longhorns this evening. Young becomes the Longhorns' first commitment in the 2016 class, and the first start-to-finish recruit landed by Shaka Smart, Texas' new head coach. Smart previously received a commitment from former VCU signee Tevin Mack in the 2015 class.
Glad to announce that I will be attending the University of Texas to play for head coach Shaka Smart #HookEm ⚪️ ⚪️ ⚪️ ⚪️ !— JY (@YEAHLILJ) June 30, 2015
Young is the younger brother of former Houston Cougars and Oregon Ducks star Joseph Young, who was recently drafted and will suit up for the Indianapolis Pacers this year. The Youngs' basketball bloodline runs deep. Their father, Michael Young, was a member of Phi Slama Jamma, and the brothers apparently have some sort of new found relation to Paul George as well.
As for Young the younger, Jacob is an "I just get buckets" microwave scorer currently ranked 70th in the 247 Composite Rankings. He is ranked 13th in Greater Houston by Jim Hicks, local recruiting guru for RCS Sports. Measuring just 6' 0", 165 lbs, his body type is ideally suited to play the 1. But like his brother, Jacob is a score-first ballhandler and a trigger-gunner from deep. If he doesn't get any bigger, we're talking Javan Felix or A.J. Abrams, but with a couple inches and a few pounds, an Eric Davis or Sterling Gibbs comp sounds about right.
With Texas graduating two guards (Felix and Demarcus Holland) this year and likely losing Isaiah Taylor to the pros as well, Shaka Smart is looking to restock his backcourt. Young becomes the first piece, with fellow Houstonians De'Aaron Fox (Katy Cypress Lakes) and Kameron McGusty (Katy Seven Lakes) also top targets of Texas. As a native Houstonian, I'm personally excited that Young is on board (I'm a huge fan of his older brother) with the potential for more Texans on the way. Welcome to the 40, Jacob.