Senior forward Justin Young has started all 20 games for Chapman this year, averaging nine points-per-game and pulling down 5.8 rebounds-per-game. Young has helped
Chapman’s basketball team get off to its best start in school history.
1) After coming off the bench last year, you have started every game this year. What did you focus on improving in the off season to crack the starting lineup?
I just focused on becoming a great all-around player, both on the offensive end as well as the defensive end. Also I had a workout routine during the off season that I stuck with to prepare my body physically and mentally for the long season to come.
2) You guys were knocked out in the first round of the NCAA’s last year, what did your team learn from the experience?
It was a bittersweet moment for us to end our season in Dallas the way we did. Though it was a great experience for us, we now know what it takes to not only get back to this same spot but hopefully take one step further and advance in the NCAA tournament. We learned that we can’t be satisfied with where our team is and how we finish during the postseason and instead we have to push ourselves to make it as far into the tournament as possible.
3) What is the biggest difference between last year’s team and this year’s?
The biggest difference between last year’s group and this year’s is our experience. With four of our starters returning and having six seniors on this year’s team, that chemistry is already made and it makes it easier for us and our coaches to prepare for the season.
4) How often do your coaches confuse you with your twin brother?
Since we’re seniors now and our coaches have spent four years getting to know us, they hardly get confused between me and my brother. Maybe once in a while they call me Jordan during practice but most of the time they get it right.
5) Do you have any pregame rituals?
I actually don’t have any special pre-game rituals. I usually just do what the team does before a game, which is warm-up about an hour before the game, and we do our warm-up routine as a team.
6) Who was your favorite basketball player growing up?
My favorite basketball player growing up would have to be Dwight Howard and now in the last 3-4 years I would have to say it’s LeBron James.
7) What has been your favorite moment of playing basketball at Chapman so far?
It would have to be this whole year and what our team has accomplished, breaking school records and individual records. Cracking the top 25 rankings for the first time in my career here at Chapman is also another great moment I will never forget.