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Korleone Young
No. 45
Small forward
Personal information
Born (1978-12-31) December 31, 1978 (age 35)
Wichita, Kansas
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (201 cm)
Listed weight 213 lb (97 kg)
Career information
High school East (Wichita, Kansas)
Hargrave (Chatham, Virginia)
NBA draft 1998 / Round: 2 / Pick: 40th overall
Selected by the Detroit Pistons
Pro playing career 1998–2005
Career history
1998–1999 Detroit Pistons
1999-2000 Richmond Rhythm (IBL)
2000–2001 Rockford Lightning (IBL)
2001–2002 Canberra Cannons (Australia)
2002 Sioux Falls Skyforce (CBA)
2003 BC Avtodor Saratov (Russia)
2003–2004 Heilongjiang Zhaozhou Fengshen (China)
2003–2004 Euras Ekaterinburg (Russia)
2003–2004 Lokomotiv Rostov na Donu (Russia)
2005 Heilongjiang Zhaozhou Fengshen (China)
Stats at NBA.com

Suntino Korleone Young (born December 31, 1978) is an American retired professional basketball player. He was drafted by the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association with the 40th overall pick in the 1998 NBA Draft.

Early life[edit]

An athletic 6'7" small forward, Young starred at Wichita East High School and Hargrave Military Academy (Virginia). As a senior at Hargrave, he decided to skip college and declare himself eligible for the 1998 NBA Draft. Hargrave's then assistant coach, Kevin Keats, said, "Normally, when a kid is thinking about something like this, you'll hear about it. But with Korleone, it was a total surprise".[1]

Basketball career[edit]

Despite his status as a blue chip top college recruit, he slid in the draft. The Detroit Pistons decided to take a chance on Young, selecting him with their second-round pick (40th overall), but Young's tenure with the team was very brief. He appeared in only three games at the end of the lockout-shortened 1999 season and scored 13 total points. The Pistons cut ties with Young soon afterwards because of an injury which limited his effectiveness, and despite summer-league stints with the Philadelphia 76ers, he never made another NBA roster. Because of his failed NBA career, Young's name was cited by many people who supported David Stern's eventual raising of the NBA's minimum draft age.[2] Additionally, Young's coaches questioned his work ethic and maturity.[3]

After his NBA career fizzled, Young played for the Richmond Rhythm of the IBL, averaging 9.7 points and 3.2 rebounds during the 1999-2000 season. The next year, he played for the CBA's Rockford Lightning under coach and former NBA player Stacey King, with whom he averaged 18.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 2 blocks,[3] then moved on to the Canberra Cannons of the Australian NBL.[4] Stacey King praised Young as "probably the best player in the CBA" in February 2001, as Young was improving statistically.[5]

With Canberra, Young averaged 27 points to become the 2001 NBL pre-season MVP, but he suffered an injury in the first game of the regular season and terminated his contract with the Cannons on January 9, 2002.[6] In September 2002, Young signed with the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the CBA.[7] The team waived Young three months later.[8]

Young has also played for teams in Russia and China, and he was waived by LidoRose Roseto Basket in September 2005.

In September 2006 he joined Bnei HaSharon of Israel,[9] but he had left the team before the season had started.

Personal life[edit]

Young was arrested in 2009 for failure to appear in court for a child support hearing.[10]


  1. ^ Drehs, Wayne (June 20, 2001). "Lure of stardom can glitter like fake gold". ESPN. 
  2. ^ http://probasketball.about.com/od/nbadraft/i/nbaagelimit.htm
  3. ^ a b Williams, Van (June 21, 2001). "Wichita's Korleone Young, after a successful CBA season, is trying to get back in the NBA". Wichita Eagle. Archived from the original on November 26, 2001. 
  4. ^ "Korleone Young". Asia-Basket.com. Archived from the original on August 16, 2002. 
  5. ^ Williams, Van (February 9, 2001). "Coach helps Young make mark in CBA". Wichita Eagle. Archived from the original on May 29, 2001. 
  6. ^ Kogoy, Peter (January 10, 2002). "Young import axed by Cannons". The Australian. 
  7. ^ Transactions. Hartford Courant. September 26, 2002.
  8. ^ Transactions. Hartford Courant. December 17, 2002.
  9. ^ Mittleman, Jerry (September 22, 2006). "Korleone Young hopes to dump bad history with B. Hasharon". Haaretz. Retrieved April 21, 2012. 
  10. ^ Laviana, Hurst (October 2, 2009). "Young arrested over missed hearing". Wichita Eagle. Retrieved April 22, 2012. 

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Sat, 12 Apr 2014 15:50:43 -0700

Korleone Young is 34 now and he's never going to be an NBA superstar. That's life. And life is something that Young, so good as a young basketball star at East High, then Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia, really never learned how to cope with.

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Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:07:44 -0700

Even Korleone Young and Schea Cotton saw their potential realized, maybe just not the way they expected. Or wanted. Amir Johnson didn't have that clean LeBron/Kobe arc, but he didn't go the Korleone/Schea way either. A diamond in the rough in Detroit, ...
Detroit Free Press
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:18:35 -0700

Korleone Young wasn't. Don Reid was. Ben Wallace was a good pickup. Rasheed was a good trade pickup. Austin Daye was a wasted draft pick. Bringing Iverson here was bad. Ben Gordon didn't work. Charlie Villanueva hasn't worked. Wish they still had ...
Kansas.com (blog)
Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:21:13 -0700

I have a column coming out on Korleone Young this weekend at Kansas.com and in The Eagle. I've had a couple of long conversations with Young, the former East High basketball star and can't miss prospect who missed. He's a really interesting guy.

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Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:39:23 -0700

Keatts has coached nine players at the prep level who have reached the NBA, including Joe Alexander, Jordan Crawford, Josh Howard, Vernon Macklin, Mike Scott, Marreese Speights, Sam Young, David West and Korleone Young. Keatts also had stops as ...

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Thu, 27 Mar 2014 07:03:55 -0700

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Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:12:19 -0700

Air Force coach Dave Pilipovich watched Korleone Young, one of the top high school superstars of the late 1990s. "He was a can't-miss prospect, right?" Pilipovich said. "A Hall of Famer. Oh, my gosh. He was chiseled. He was strong. He was a man-child.
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