David Young, a former starter for some great Clemson basketball teams, has passed away. He was just 49 years old.
Young, a native of Greenville and superstar at Greenville High School, was an All-American as a senior in 1988. He stayed in state to play for the nearby Tigers.
In 1989-90, he started for the Tigers team that reached the Sweet 16. The program has only done so twice since that year, although that appearance was vacated by the NCAA later on for use of an ineligible player.
The 1990 team was also Clemson’s sole ACC regular season champion, finishing with a record of 26-9. The Tigers edged out Duke, posting a conference record of 10-4 to win the league.
The following season was his best at Clemson. He averaged 10.9 points per game.
Per reports, David Young passed away after a short battle with an undisclosed illness.
Per Pete Yanity of WSPA.com, he was a player whose skill-set was ahead of its time:
Young was prolific beyond the arc in the early days of college basketball’s three-point era. His eight made threes in a 1991 game give him a share of the Tigers’ single-game record. His 34 points off the bench in that game were also a career high and established a Clemson record for points by a player coming off the bench.
Our thoughts go out Young’s family, and to those impacted by this untimely passing.