Point guard Jahmir Young, who will play the 2022-23 season at Maryland after removing his name from the NBA Draft process, says it’s “definitely exciting” to be the first DeMatha Catholic High School alum to play for the Terps in nearly two decades.
Young graduated from Hyattsville, Md.-based DeMatha in 2019 and spent the first three years of his college career at Charlotte, where he averaged 16.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists per contest in 85 games, all starts. He declared for the 2022 NBA Draft after his junior season while maintaining his college eligibility. He also hit the transfer portal, committing to Maryland in late April while going through the draft process.
Young took his name out of the draft ahead of the June 1 deadline to remain eligible, meaning he’ll be a Terp in 2022-23. Young will be the first DeMatha graduate to play for Maryland since Travis Garrison, who averaged 7.5 points and 5.0 rebounds from 2002-2006. He’s excited about breaking the drought and believes more Stags will play for Kevin Willard in the future.
“It’s crazy. That’s definitely exciting,” Young said on Glenn Clark Radio May 24. “DeMatha’s only what, five, 10 minutes from Maryland? I’m excited to just feel like I’m playing back at high school a little bit. Just being able to play at home, I’m very excited for it.”
Young, a native of Upper Marlboro, Md., was interested in coming to Maryland out of high school, but the Terps, according to Young, “didn’t see enough from me. In high school, I felt like they felt like I needed to improve a little bit more.” That put a chip on the shoulder of the 6-foot-1, 185-pound guard, and now he’s back close to home.
Young enjoyed getting to know Willard, who was hired as the new coach of the Terps in late March. Willard was able to offer an opportunity that matched what Young was looking for.
“The biggest thing for me really was just who can really help me get to the next level and what I would have to do to get to the next level at this point,” Young said. “It was really just being able to perform at a higher level to where there would be more exposure.
“I feel like Kevin Willard was great. He was very transparent with me. I feel like he was confident. He had a lot of confidence in me, which was huge. Not only am I coming home to play at home — I’m really excited for that — it really just felt [like] home outside of that. I like his staff. I’m just very excited for the opportunity.”
Young figures to start at point guard for Maryland in 2022-23. Georgetown transfer Donald Carey, who averaged 13.5 points and shot 38.8 percent from 3-point range for the Hoyas last year, will likely start next to Young in the backcourt. Key returners Donta Scott (12.6 points, 6.2 rebounds per game), Hakim Hart (9.9, 3.6) and Julian Reese (5.7, 4.4) will also figure prominently into next year’s Terps squad.
Young earned first-team All-Conference USA honors at Charlotte each of the past two years. He thinks he can do the same in the Big Ten in Willard’s system.
“I feel like Coach Willard’s playing style really fit my game. I feel like I fit his play style,” Young said. “Just being able to just show what I can do at the point guard position, being able to get my teammates involved and also create for myself.”
Maryland went 15-17 overall and 7-13 in the Big Ten last year, but Young says it can be a quick turnaround.
“New players, new style of play,” Young said. “I feel like we can really put that together and do something special this year.”
For more from Young, listen to the full interview here:
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