Ryan Young set to visit multiple ACC programs; here’s why he makes sense for Georgia Tech

Ryan Young, a transfer from Northwestern, is one of the more skilled big men in the portal. His presence in the portal has attracted plenty of interest, including several ACC teams.

In fact, Young told college basketball insider Jon Rothstein that he’ll visit at least three ACC programs: Duke, Boston College and Georgia Tech.

The 6-foot-10, 245-pound Young spent the last three seasons playing for Chris Collins at Northwestern. Young predominately came off the bench while a Wildcat; he averaged under 18 minutes per game as a sophomore and junior, combined. However, Young played in a lot of games (86 games, 37 starts), much of which came against Big 10 competition.

For his career, Young averaged 8.7 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game, while shooting 57.6 percent on 2-point attempts. During the 2021-22 season, Young averaged 9.0 points (55.9 FG%) and 4.2 rebounds per game

On a per-minutes/possession basis, Young was a very productive player. As a junior, Young posted an offensive rebound rate of 10.0 percent and a defensive rebound rate of 18.8 percent, both strong numbers.

According to KenPom, Young drew 6.5 fouls per 40 minutes, too, a Top 35 number nationally. This translated to a free throw attempt rate of 54.6 percent (67 FT%).

The Appeal For Georgia Tech

During his time at Northwestern, Young played in an offensive system that featured a lot of high-post activity. Under Collins, the Wildcats run a lot of Chin and Princeton point series sets. Often, these looks feature a post player working as a passer or handoff hub in the middle of the floor.

From the 2020-21 season, at Purdue: Young (No. 15) catches the entry pass above the arc, reads the weak-side split action, then launches into pick-and-roll with a little pass-and-chase action.

With that in mind, it’s no surprise that a program like Georgia Tech would be interested in Young. Not only is he a productive rebounder and interior finisher, but Young can also facilitate from the high-post. The Yellow Jackets, under Josh Pastner, run point series, Princeton and Chin sets, too.

Here’s Moses Wright operating at the elbow from a Chin set in the 2020-21 season. After Jose Alvarado clears, Wright and Michael Devoe run empty-corner pick-and-roll, which gets Louisville in rotation and results in a bucket for Jordan Usher.

Young has a career assist rate of 13.0 percent. Back in the 2020-21 season, Young finished with an assist rate of 14.7 percent, dishing out 4.3 assists per 100 possessions, according to Sports Reference.

Here’s another more Princeton/Point Series from Georgia Tech: Usher receives the high-post entry pass, Alvarado and Devoe get into split action, then it’s two quick backdoor trail cuts. Devoe scores off of a rare defensive miscue for Reece Beekman.

The transfer portal intrigues for many different reasons. Coaches are able to add talent or round-out rosters with veteran transfers. There’s something to be said, though, about finding players that — before they arrive on campus — have an understanding of certain offensive or defensive concepts.

Boston College and Miami

Boston College and Earl Grant will also run a fair amount of action through the high-post, too. This menu of plays includes 5-out (Delay) sets, which turn into empty-side handoff actions. At the end of this play, Quinten Post and Brevin Galloway flow from an empty-side handoff to snug pick-and-roll. Post has a good look at the rim, but Isaiah Mucius of Wake Forest makes a nice rotation and draws the charge.

The Miami Hurricanes greatly exceeded expectations this season. One of the keys behind Miami’s Top 25 offense was the team’s adaptation of 5-out.

These 5-out looks spread the floor and allowed the Hurricanes to attack a variety of pick-and-roll coverages with handoff actions.

Now, it certainly helps to have the right personnel to make this system work. Isaiah Wong, Kam McGusty and Charlie Moore were an excellent backcourt.

Stretch-5 Sam Waardenburg stressed coverages with his ability to pop (41.8 3P%), pass (12.2 percent assist rate) and attack closeouts (26 dunks, 64 2P%).

Young doesn’t offer the same stretch as someone like Waardenburg. He’s connected on only 5-of-29 3-point attempts (17.2 3P%) in his career; however, Young still can handle the ball, make reads and slip in screen-roll action when needed.

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