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Miners sign former CBA Player of the Year Galen Young

November 26, 2008 - Continental Basketball Association 1 (CBA 1) - East Kentucky Miners News Release

PIKEVILLE, KY.- East Kentucky Miners head coach Kevin Keathley continues to shape his roster for the 2008-09 season. The Miners roster continues to get stocked with accomplished players. The latest signee for the East Kentucky professional basketball team is 2007 CBA Player of the Year Galen Young. Young's signing is still pending league approval.

One of the top men's basketball players in UNC-Charlotte history, Young averaged 14.7 points and 7.2 rebounds per game as a senior for the 49ers during the 1998-99 season before embarking on a professional career. Young, a proven winner, left UNC-Charlotte third in scoring, second in blocked shots and fourth in rebounding in program history. The Milwaukee Bucks drafted Young in the second round (48th overall) of the 1999 NBA Draft.

"Galen is going to be big help to this year's team," said Keathley. "He's the type of player that can cause a lot of matchup problems for opposing teams."

Young, a shooting guard/small forward, averaged 15.6 points and 7.3 assists per game during the 2006-07 CBA season for the Yakama Sun Kings, earning the league MVP award. The newest East Kentucky Miner's playing resume also includes stints in the USBL and NBDL.

Young (6-7) has played in numerous foreign countries, including the Philippines, Italy, Spain, Venezuela, Japan and Australia. The former UNC-Charlotte standout averaged 11.4 points, 9.1 rebounds, 3.5 assists and shot 30-percent from three-point range for the Townsville Crocodiles of the NBL (National Basketball League) while playing in Australia during the 2007-08 season.

"Galen is a playmaker that can create shots for himself or his teammates," Keathley added.

East Kentucky has also signed former Kentucky Wildcat Wayne Turner, pro basketball veterans Jermaine Blackburn and Joe Buck, former players Jason McLeish, Mike Crain and Mike Dean and Eastern Kentucky product Alonzo Hird.

East Kentucky will host Minot in its home opener Sunday, Dec. 14. The Miners will travel to rival Pittsburgh for a season opener Friday, Dec. 12. For more information on Miners tickets, call 606-437-9715.

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