Wednesday, July 21, 1999

Top Xavier recruit ineligible

Guard Young has low test score, will attend XU

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        David Young, Xavier's top-rated incoming men's basketball recruit, is academically ineligible to compete as a freshman.

        Young, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from New Castle, Pa., still is planning to attend the university in the fall. He will have to pay his own way his first year, then will have three years of eligibility remaining — just like James Posey when he entered Xavier as a student in the fall of 1995.

        Young was expected to be able to contribute immediately. He had been waiting for his last standardized test score to come in.

        As a senior, Young averaged 24.7 points, five rebounds and two assists for New Castle High School, which finished 30-2.

        He was the first recruit to commit to Xavier last fall and did so before even visiting the campus, saying he was sold after his home visit with coach Skip Prosser. Young signed in November.

        Neither Prosser nor Young could be reached Tuesday.

        Bob Gibbons' recently distributed All Star Sports Report ranking of the top high school seniors rated Young No.56. The other incoming guard, Lionel Chalmers of Albany, N.Y., is ranked 144th.

        Forward David West was ranked No.13 among players not from traditional four-year high school situations (i.e. prep schools, foreign countries). Center Marcus Mason was not among the top 40 junior-college transfers.

        Xavier will enter the season with four wing players (shooting guards or small forwards): Darnell Williams, Lloyd Price, Alvin Brown and Brandon McIntosh.

        Williams will be coming back from a year on the sideline with a knee injury, Brown played a total of 104 minutes in 23 games last season, and McIntosh has yet to play a college game.

        Price and Williams are the probable starters at shooting guard and small forward. With Young ineligible, it will be important for Brown to show marked improvement in games.

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