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Jesse Young

At 6’10″ Jessie Young was destined to play basketball. He honed his skills at PCVS helping the team win COSSA Championships in 1998 and 99 and OFSAA “AA” bronze in 98 and gold in 1999. He was a silver medalist at the Juvenile OBA Championships. In 1999 he was ranked the #1 High School Basketball Player in Canada and was named the City of Peterborough’s Junior Male Athlete of the Year. In 1999 he was invited to play with the international junior selects against the USA in the Nike Hoop Summit in Tampa, Florida. The world side lost 107-95; Young, the only Canadian, contributed 14 points and 8 rebounds. Jesse accepted a scholarship to George Mason University in Virginia, USA. He played on the Mason Patriots basketball team in the Colonial Athletic Association Conference from 1999-2003. The Patriots won the CAA Conference title in 2000 and earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament (March Madness) in 2001. Named as one of the Patriots all decades best players  with 1073 career points – 708 rebounds – All-CAA First Team 2002 – had 12 points/9 rebounds in 2001 NCAA tournament vs Maryland and was second in CAA in rebounds per game 2002/2003. He was the top scorer on the Junior National team competing at the 1998 world championships qualifying tournament in Dominican Republic. He went on to play with the National Senior Men’s team from 1999 to 2011. He was team captain 2008-2010. From 2003 to 2011 he played pro basketball in Spain and Italy, winning the FIBA Euro Cup Championship with Club Joventut da Bablona, Spain in 2006. While on the Senior National team he competed at three Pan Am Games (1999, 2003, 2007) and placed fourth at the 2009 and sixth at the 2011 FIBA Americas Championships. The last time he suited up for Team Canada was the Olympic qualifier for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Jesse Young travelled the world playing the game he loved as a national team player and a professional. Plagued by a series of injuries, Jesse retired from professional basketball in 2011. He returned home to Peterborough to raise his family and establish the Jesse Young Basketball Academy to help improve and develop youth basketball skills and make it fun. There is no doubt that basketball will always play a role in Jesse’s life, either by coaching and instructing or promoting the game.

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