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Korleone Young
Personal information
Born (1978-12-31) December 31, 1978 (age 36)
Wichita, Kansas
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 213 lb (97 kg)
Career information
High school East (Wichita, Kansas)
Hargrave Military Academy (Chatham, Virginia)
NBA draft 1998 / Round: 2 / Pick: 40th overall
Selected by the Detroit Pistons
Pro career 1998–2005
Position Small forward
Number 45
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)

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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83 news items


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.

Yahoo Sports (blog)

Yahoo Sports (blog)
Thu, 19 Sep 2013 12:18:45 -0700

When the NBA entered into discussions about an age limit for draftees in the early part of the last decade, the named “Korleone Young” was the go-to warning shot sent by those that were against players becoming draft-eligible right out of high school.

CBS sports.com (blog)

CBS sports.com (blog)
Fri, 20 Sep 2013 09:44:55 -0700

Some basketball fans will never know the name Korleone Young. Young was a Detroit Pistons' second round pick in 1998 that ended up playing just one season in the league and a grand total of 15 minutes (but he had a 31.3 PER in those 15 minutes!).


Wed, 27 Jun 2012 08:51:04 -0700

That evening in 1998, then-Wichita East high school coach Ron Allen begged his former star forward, Korleone Young, to reconsider his choice to turn pro. Young, a 6-foot-7 forward, had left the state his senior year in high school to play at Hargrave ...
Bleacher Report
Thu, 13 Aug 2009 20:43:48 -0700

Kevin Garnett, in 1995, was the first of this era of players who made the jump straight from high school to the NBA, but he was not the first ever. A guy called Reggie Harding from Detroit was the first way back in 1962. He was picked by the Pistons ...

USA TODAY High School Sports

USA TODAY High School Sports
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 07:37:30 -0700

In all 43 players have made the jump, but the names like Garnett, Kobe, LeBron James and Dwight Howard are joined on that list by the likes of Martell Webster, Gerald Green and Korleone Young. The rules established in the 2006 collective bargaining ...
Daily Local News
Sun, 04 Oct 2015 05:59:04 -0700

Sure for every LeBron James you throw at me, I can give you Korleone Young, Leon Smith and Jonathan Bender. For every Kobe Bryant you put on the table, I can raise it an Ousmane Cisse, Ndudi Ebi and James Lang. Kevin Garnett and Moses Malone, you ...

NBA.com (blog)

NBA.com (blog)
Mon, 13 Jul 2015 07:32:06 -0700

There were seven drafted high schoolers who didn't make it: Korleone Young (1998), Leon Smith (1999), Ousmane Cisse (2001), Ndudi Ebi and James Lang (2003), Robert Swift (2004) and Ricky Sanchez (2005). But that's still an 82 percent success rate ...

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