He’s only been coaching for six years, but Rochester (Mich.) coach John Pleasant has been around college basketball for years because his father, Garth, won 720 games during his collegiate coaching career in Michigan. That’s why he knows just how special his star player, Kentucky signee James Young, is.
“I have seen nothing like him since (former Michigan star) Chris Webber, and that’s been about 25 years ago now,” said Pleasant. “Chris is the only guy in Michigan who can dominate games like James has. He’s really phenomenal.”
He transferred to Rochester this season and in the last eight games before he strained a calf muscle that has him sidelined he was averaging 33 points and 17 rebounds per game. He had 31 points, eight rebounds and four assists in his last game. For the season, the 6-6 Young averages 27.6 points, 15.2 rebounds, five steals and two blocks per game along with six assists — a number Pleasant admits would be even higher if teammates made more shots after getting Young’s passes.
“His injury is not anything serious for his future. With his future, we want to play it safe,” Pleasant said. “The best case scenario is he will be back next week for the tourney if he heals quickly. His PT (physical therapist) is a guy who works with the Detroit Pistons, so we are hoping he heals quickly. But he’ll be fine for the April all-star games.”