By Chris Chaney
Williamsburg High School’s all-time leading scorer has found a new gym to fill it up.
Kendal Young signed his National Letter of Intent last week to continue his academic and athletic career at Cincinnati Christian University.
“I’ve known Coach Tracy for a few years and I thought that he would give me the best opportunity to succeed,” Young said about choosing CCU. “I like the campus, I like the size of it. It’s small and it’s got a beautiful view of the city. The people are really nice and willing to help.”
Success was something Young had in spades during his time as a Wildcat. A prolific scorer, Young joined the 1,000-point club during his junior season, an accomplishment that placed him in rarified air not only in Williamsburg High School history, but placed him into a fraternity that also housed his older brother, Elliot and father, Troy.
“It’s a good feeling to join them,” Kendal said at the time. “I knew that my brother had it and my dad did, too. So, I wanted to be up there with them and to do that is a good feeling.”
Young was just the fourth player in Williamsburg history to crack the 1,000-point ceiling, something he counts among his greatest accomplishments and memories of his time at Burg.
“Sports-wise, (I’ll remember) the league championship my sophomore year,” Young said. “That was a lot of fun. The 1,000 points and breaking the (scoring) record was a lot of fun. You know, just hanging out with the guys and having fun is what I’ll remember most.”
Young said he had a couple conversations with some other coaches about playing at different places, but he never really got too in depth with them because Cincinnati Christian was where he wanted to be.
Young received a scholarship to CCU, just short of getting a full-ride, he said. Being familiar with the school, CCU was always on Young’s radar and his brother’s experience at the school only went on to solidify his choice.
“Coach Tracy is a great guy, he’s always been willing to help and do whatever for me,” Young said. “He’s just a really nice guy. I expect him to help everybody and do what’s best for the team.
“My brother played there last year, but he won’t be returning. That gave me a chance to get to know a couple of the guys on team. I don’t know them very well, but I’ve talked to a lot of them before and gotten to know them a little last year, so that was pretty cool.”
Young averaged 20 points per game, 7.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists as a senior last year at Williamsburg. Moving onto the next level, Young will still have his scoring ability, but he will have to adapt to the faster game pace and bigger athletes that he will be trying to score on. Still, Young expects to help the Eagles right away.
“I’m hoping to go in and help out the team,” Young said of his expectations next season. “I’m not expecting to do anything crazy, but I’m expecting to make an impact and help the team out my freshman year.”
Even in the classroom, Young will still have his eyes set back on the court as he pursues a degree to take him from the floor to the bench.
“I plan on majoring in history and education,” Young said. “I would like to become a teacher and a coach later on.”