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Josh Young

Drake University
Management and Marketing


A two-time Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete honoree, Young currently holds a 3.14 grade point average in management and marketing, with a concentration in insurance.  Young interned with Wells Fargo Financial in summer 2008 in its Global Marketing Division where he shadowed senior leaders, participated in discussions/improvement regarding global marketing and sales target models and developed enhance United Way participation strategies.


A second year captain going into the 2009-10 season, Young is seen as a leader in both word and deed.  His peers and coaches alike recognize his influence on team chemistry and appreciate his high standards in practice and competition.  The personable Young is easily recognized by statewide media as the most professionally prepared student-athlete in Iowa when it comes to conducting interviews.  Young is also engaged with the Student-Athlete Advisory Council, serving as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference SAAC.  He was a key speaker during Welcome Weekend, which was an orientation event for first-year students this fall.


Young understands his visibility as a role model and has been involved in the Bulldog Reading Program, designed to stress the importance of reading at the elementary school level, since 2006.  He has visited Des Moines Methodist Hospital, sharing compassion with both youth and elderly patients during their stays.  Also, he was part of a team of student-athletes who addressed youth regarding team unity as part of the Character Counts in Iowa program.


In his first three years at Drake, Young led his team to a 62-36 overall record, including the Missouri Valley Conference regular season and tournament titles in 2007-08 and Drake’s first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 1971.  Named to the preseason 2009-10 All-Missouri Valley Conference team by coaches and media, during his senior season he became Drake’s career leader in scoring.  Throughout his career, Young has been named to second-team (2008-09), first-team (2007-08), All-Freshman and Newcomer team (2006-07) Missouri Valley Conference honors.  He was the only player in the Missouri Valley Conference to be named to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association All-District VI team in both 2008 and 2009.  In 2007-08, Young garnered recognition on the CollegeHoops.net fourth-team high-major All-American squad while leading the MVC in per game scoring average.