? Nov. 29, 1999 Feature on Young
COACH DICKEY ON RAYFORD YOUNG
Rayford has been an impact player since his freshman year. He was sensational at times last season while playing with an injury. We expect him to be a leader and one of the best players in college basketball.
Team scoring leader and fourth in the Big 12 with a 16.4 per game average ... recorded the sixth-highest scoring performance for a Red Raider with a career-high 41 points against 24th-ranked Kansas ... also set a school record with 18 free throws and tied a school record by going 18-for-18 from the free throw line ... has led the team in scoring in 13 games ... also led the team in steals with a 1.9 per game average ... a starter in first eight games at point guard before missing five games due to an ankle injury ... had started 35-straight games ... shot Big 12-leading .884 from the free throw line on the season on 99-of-112 shooting ... scored 28 points against SMU and matched the effort with 28 points against Stephen F. Austin ... tied the school record with 10-for-10 free throw shooting effort against Stephen F. Austin ... also went 9-for-10 from the free throw line against SMU, including the last eight in a row ... recorded a streak of 20-straight free throws prior to the Oklahoma game, where he missed his first attempt ... scored 22 points at home against Texas A&M in just 16 minutes before fouling out ... scored 21 against Texas at home ... set a school record with 33-straight free throws ... scored 25 points, including 11 in the final 7:50 in a 73-68 win over Nebraska ... drove the length of the floor in the final :08 seconds for a layup that overcame a one-point Husker advantage ... Second-team all-Big 12 by the Omaha World-Herald ... 25th player in Tech history to score over 1,000 points in his career.
Member of 11-player Big 12 All-Star Team that toured Europe last summer during a two-week trip in August...team included the likes of Oklahoma's Michael Johnson, Nebraska's Venson Hamilton, Oklahoma State's Adrian Peterson, Missouri's Jeff Hafer and Colorado's Kenny Price...team posted 4-2 record against squads from England, Belgium and Germany...dished out a team-high 30 assists...averaged 8.2 points...scored 18 points against Greater London...hit 46.2 percent from three-point range, making 6-of-13 from beyond the arc.
Honorable Mention All-Big 12...named to the All-Underrated squad by the league's media...team's second leading scorer (15.4)...started all 27 games...garnered team-highs with 116 assists and 46 steals...second in Big 12 behind teammate Cory Carr with 84.3 free throw percentage...averaged 3.7 rebounds and had 11 blocks...scored 28 at Nevada and hit two free throws with four seconds left to send the game into overtime in Tech's come-from-behind victory...hit for 27 points against Missouri...had 25 points against Texas A&M...scored 27 points at Colorado...had 22 at Baylor hit four free throws in final 10 seconds to seal Tech's win over Kansas State...tallied 27 against Southwestern Louisiana, making 15-of-18 free throws ... scored 25 points in season-opener at SMU...played all 40 minutes in consecutive games against Iowa State and Oklahoma State...had stretch of 27-consecutive FTs made.
Made an immediate impact on the Red Raiders' fortunes in 1996-97...named to the All-Bench and All-Freshman squads by Big 12 journalists...team's fifth leading scorer with 7.4 points a game...dished out 76 assists, trailing only Stan Bonewitz and Cory Carr...named the Big 12 Rookie of the Week consecutive weeks...set career highs of 14 points and nine assists at Texas A&M...averaged 9.0 points and 6.0 assists when starting...hit go-ahead three-pointer and scored seven points in a span of 3:04 in overtime to help Tech beat Oklahoma State on ESPN at home...scored 10 points in only 16 minutes at home against Texas...had 11 points in first conference game against Baylor...wrapped up impressive rookie season with 10 points in Big 12 Conference Tourney against Iowa State...scored all 13 of his points in second half at George Washington.
Led Pampa team to 4A state title in 1995-96...4A player of the year...state tournament MVP...finished his career as the school's all-time leading scorer with 2,295 points...also set single-season school mark with 912 points for the 33-3 Harvesters...tallied 67 points in the semifinals and finals, sinking 23-of-37 field goals...scored 33 in championship game against Dallas Madison after tallying 34 in semifinal win over Round Rock McNeil...was perfect 22-of-22 from the free throw line in the two state tournament action games...averaged 25.3 points, six assists, five steals and five rebounds as a senior...all-state, two-time all-region, twice District 1-4A player of the year and three times all-district...scored a game-high 22 points for the North in the Class 5A-4A All-Star Game in San Antonio.
Full name is Rayford Earl Young...born in his hometown of Pampa, Texas on Nov. 5, 1977...son of Rayford and Shirley Young...also considered Texas, Arizona State, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State...visited UT and ASU before choosing Texas Tech ... majoring in general business.