Credit: Quinnipiac University

Cameron Young Draft Profile

Breaking down the NBA potential of Cameron Young

Senior 6’6″ 205 Shooting Guard Qunnipiac  
23.5 ppg 5.1 rpg 1.9 apg FG: 48.2% 3 PT: 43.7%

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NBA Comparison: Wayne Ellington/Wesley Matthews

Strengths: Shot creation, Outside shot, Getting to the basket   

Weaknesses: Quickness, Lack of competition

Young was an unheralded recruit coming out of high school, landing at Arizona Western where he improved his game being named first team all conference as a sophomore. After his junior college stint and signing with Quinnipiac, the shooting guard was kept on the bench, only getting 1.3 minutes per game. Due to his lack of playing time, he was granted another year of eligibility, as well as a new coach arriving on campus. With new leadership of the team came more minutes for Young, and he would go on to average 18.8 points the next season in 34 minutes per game. More confident than ever coming into his senior season, his points per game jumped to 23.5, as well as shooting behind the arc at 43.7%, being named the MAC player of the year. His ability to shoot coming off of screens, or by creating his shot is impressive, as he attempted over 7 three pointers per game. Having good size at 6’6″ while also being efficient from the outside, gives him the tools to make it as a pro. In addition to his shooting ability from behind the three point line, he can hit the mid range jump shot, as well as get to the basket off of the dribble. He got to the line more than 7 times in both his junior and senior seasons, shooting those free throws at 76.6%. Young rebounds well for a guard, and he can be a dependable perimeter defender at the pro level. 

Not a great athlete vertically, his quickness could be the issue if he is to struggle on the defensive end. His pre-draft process will be very important to his draft stock considering the level of competition that he has faced in his college career. His senior year the only major program he faced was Villanova, scoring 18 points while going 7 for 15 from the field. In his junior season he faced Colorado scoring 26 going 4 for 8 on three pointers while adding 12 rebounds, and Wake Forest where he struggled finishing with 7 points on 1 for 6 shooting. That is a small sample size against major conference opponents, while the majority of his games have come against lesser players, where he has been dominant. As a senior he scored 33 twice, and went off for 55 points against Siena, which was the most points scored in a division 1 game since 2008. 

These plays show his ability to shoot the deep ball:

Young is currently projected to be a mid to late second round pick, with the possibility of going undrafted. His age as a fifth year senior will be seen as a negative, and his lack of experience against top tier talent will also be a concern. Nonetheless, he put up big numbers in the two seasons he was given minutes at Quinnipiac and has good size for the shooting guard position. His ceiling would be a starter level wing who can be an efficient outside threat and draw fouls driving to the basket. The worst case scenario would be that Young is unable to score against the improved level of talent that the professional game brings, ultimately spending his time as a pro in the G league and overseas. 

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