BY MICHAEL PERRY
The Cincinnati Enquirer
David Young didn't even need to see Xavier's campus or facilities.
The 6-foot-4 shooting guard from New Castle (Pa.) High School said Monday night that he verbally committed to attend Xavier in the fall 1999, telling Skip Prosser he was coming almost two weeks before his Oct. 2 official visit.
"The home visit sold me," Young said. "I felt so comfortable with Coach Prosser. I really trusted him."
Young was rated No. 79 in the country in the spring by Bob Gibbons' All Star Sports Report. Last season, he averaged 22 points, seven rebounds and three assists, New Castle coach John Sarandrea said, adding that Young was all-state.
"He's a great three-point shooter, and he also finishes great," Sarandrea said. "He's got the ability to play inside and outside and defend inside and outside. He can get a rebound and push the ball up the floor."
Young, who just turned 17 on Aug. 18, also considered Duquesne, Penn State, Villanova, West Virginia and Clemson. Prosser visited Young on Sept. 11.
"He was looking for a small school like Xavier and a team that runs and presses and a place where he can have a chance to get a degree and play in the NBA," Sarandrea said. "I think Xavier's a really good fit for him."
Young has not yet achieved the necessary standardized test score to be eligible as a freshman, but Sarandrea said it won't be a problem.
Young is expected to sign a letter of intent when the fall signing period begins in November.
Xavier will cancel this weekend's visit from DeMario Hooper, a shooting guard from Texarkana, Texas, because he plays the same position as Young.
The Musketeers still need a point guard and big man. Troy Bell, a 6-foot point guard from Richfield, Minn., is expected to visit this weekend.
BIG WEEK FOR UK:
The Washington Post is reporting in today's editions that shooting guard Keith Bogans of Hyattsville, Md. will sign a letter-of-intent with Kentucky in November.
Also, 7-footer John Stewart of Indianapolis North Lawrence High School is expected to commit to the Wildcats today, and several Internet recruiting services are reporting that Alabama big man Marvin Stone will commit to UK this week.
Clark Francis of Hoop Scoop rates Bogans, 6-4 from DeMatha Catholic, as the No. 2 prospect in the nation, and Stone, 6-10 from Huntsville (Ala.) Grissom, as No. 3.
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