June 19, 2019

Men’s Basketball Press Conference: Kyle Young

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Kyle Young, a junior forward on the 2019-20 Ohio State men’s basketball team, is healthy and cleared for all team and individual workouts after battling through a sophomore season with leg and ankle pain.  

Hampered by injury for most of the 2018-19 campaign, Young appeared in 31 games, starting 14. He averaged six points and 4.4 rebounds in just over 20 minutes of playing time per game. A career 61 percent shooter (97-159) from the field, Young was successful on 67 percent of his shots, going 78-116 last year.

He met with the media Wednesday for an update in his health, his role for the upcoming season and his assessment of the non-conference schedule. Click the image above to listen to his entire press conference. 

In non-conference play this year, Ohio State faces Cincinnati and Villanova at home, North Carolina on the road and neutral site games vs. Kentucky and West Virginia. 

On his health following last season:

“I think I am back to fully healed now. I’m fully cleared to do everything. I took some time off during May, went through rehab that whole month and just worked on basic skill and fundamental stuff while my body was healing.”

On his conditioning:

“I am on way to being fully 100 percent back. I don’t think I am there yet. That will come this summer. I am just taking it slow.” 

On Improving his offensive game:

“I want to improve my outside game and shoot when I am comfortable. Throughout high school I was always shooting. That comes with being consistent and working on my shot all the time. That was something during the month of May — shooting was one of the only things I could do so I was in the gym all the time.”

On being a leader as an upperclassman:

“Leadership is something we talk about a lot, especially with the older guys. Just because you are an older guy does not mean you are going to be a leader. It is about us trying to lead by example and showing the news guys what hard work is and how to work hard on and off the court.”

On the non-conference schedule:

“We have some really good games. We wouldn’t want it any other way. We are glad Coach Holtmann is challenging us.”

“To be challenged and have a schedule like we do every competitor wants that. We are excited to showcase what we have been working on and showcase where we have come from last year.”

What he loves about college basketball:

“It is just fun. We get to live pretty awesome lives and come in here and play in front of all the fans every night. Having all the support behind us at Ohio State and getting to play the game we love is really what makes it awesome.”