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Former Titan Ellis Young Named NCAA Division II All-American


Ellis Young
Ellis Young

April 1, 2013 - Former Brevard Community College basketball star Ellis Young has become the first men's basketball player in University of West Florida history to be selected by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) as an NABC Coaches' Division II First-Team All-American.

Young, of Merritt Island, FL, Cocoa High and BCC, joins 15 other student-athletes chosen as the best of all Division II players in the nation after earning NABC All-South District First Team honors. Young also was named to the Daktronics All-South Region Second Team and the All-Gulf South Conference First Team.

The junior had an impressive first season for West Florida, leading the conference in scoring (19.6 points per game) while also ranking in the top three in field goal percentage (54.6 percent) and blocked shots (1.4). Young set West Florida's all-time single-game scoring record on Feb. 16 when he recorded 41 points on 15-of-22 from the floor for a shooting percentage of 68.1 percent.

Young played two seasons for BCC, 2010-2011 and 2011-2012, and was instrumental in BCC winning 18 and 21 games respectively. He played in 32 games in 2011-2012, averaging 11.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. He was a Florida College System Activities Association All-Southern Conference first-team honoree.

In 2010-2011 he played in 26 games as a freshman, averaging 10 points and 5.4 rebounds, shooting 51.5 percent from the floor and earning All-Conference second-team recognition.

The honors Young has received resonated with BCC head coach Jeremy Shulman who coached Young.

"I cannot put into words how proud I am of Ellis and what he has accomplished this past year at West Florida," Shulman said. "Ellis is one of my most favorite players in my 16 years of coaching.

"Ellis has often been overlooked and it is amazing to see him lead the conference in scoring on his way to being a first-team All-American."