Hungry Jack's NBL
Crocs announce Young as first signing
The Townsville Crocodiles have announced their first player signing for the 2015/16 NBL season, securing the services of Mitchell Young on a two-year contract. Last season Young was part of the Cairns Taipans’ historical line-up, helping them win the club’s first minor NBL premiership with a 21-7 record to take secure them a Grand Finals appearance. The 23-year old averaged 2.7 points and 2.1 rebounds in the 2014/15 season and joins the rival Queensland team after two years with the Snakes: “It’s tough leaving Cairns and all the guys, especially after the season we had, but I’m really looking forward to playing for the Crocs and hopefully playing a bigger role,” said Young. “Last season was great because I learned what it takes to win in the NBL, what it takes to be one of the better teams in the League and how to be consistent. It was good to learned from their experienced front court and this really helped develop my game.” Young brings an impressive college pedigree to Townsville, having played alongside current Cleveland Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova for the St Mary’s Gaels. Together, Young and Delly were two of three players that started in all 35 games of the 2012/13 season, with Young registering 7.7 points and 5.6 rebounds in his senior year. Townsville head coach Shawn Dennis is glad he finally gets to tap into Young's skill set: “We tried to recruit him two years ago and missed out when he went to Cairns, so for us it’s really just turning back the clock a couple of years,” said Dennis. “But, he’s been in a great program and now we get to bear the fruit of that. He’s a great physical player, he’s a very good rebounder and he won’t take a back step from anybody. “Through our review, we felt we needed to be a bit more physical in the interior and he certainly brings that aspect.” Young is currently playing in the Queensland Basketball League with his junior team in Logan, but has already started his off-season workouts with his new club and coach: “It’s an old saying in sport, “first to practice, last to leave” but even Aaron Fearne said Young was always there early and he was always staying behind,” said Dennis. “They’re the kinds of people you want in your program - ones that want to get better and want to grab their opportunities, and the Townsville Crocodiles can provide that.” Mitchell Young joins Mitch Norton on the 2015/15 Townsville Crocodiles’ 2015/16 roster and are set to go head-to-head in the QBL this Sunday 14 June.