Broadneck's Young: A pillar in post at 6-1 Artist at work: Bruins' center usually gives away several inches to foes, but has found creative ways to score.

February 16, 1996|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

When you are 6-foot-1 playing in the post, being creative is imperative. Broadneck's Jamaine Young knows that all too well.

He has played center against the likes of 6-7 Germaine "Boo" Diggs of Annapolis and Patrick Ngongba of Calvert Hall and held his own.

Young, who is playing only his second varsity season after averaging 14.0 points and 6.5 rebounds as a junior, has yet to face a smaller opponent.

His ability to score became evident his sophomore year when he led the Bruin junior varsity with 27 points a game. But the difference in varsity and JV, size and skill-wise, can be like night and day.

Young makes up for his lack of height with a muscular 205-pound frame, great footwork, a quick pivot move and intelligent positioning.

His ability to create places him third in scoring among county public school players with 19.2 points a game and third in rebounds with almost 10 a game.

"Jamaine is a fun kid to watch because he's a very creative inside scorer and just needs to remain patient," said Broadneck coach Ken Kazmarek.

Early in the season, it became obvious to opposing teams that double- and triple-teaming Young was necessary to have a shot at beating the Bruins. The strategy was a compliment to Young but he became frustrated.

After a talk with Kazmarek, Young has learned through patience and playing hard to find other ways to the basket.

"I was posting block to block, but I've learned to slide up more, pop up more and create something," said Young. "Coach Kazmarek has helped me a lot with my post moves."

Young also got coaching help at the free-throw line, where he said he "was bouncing around with no steady rhythm."

The result has been a more complete player who has had games like 27 points and 14 rebounds at Annapolis and 30 points Wednesday night at Chesapeake.

On nights when he is the center of attention and opponents aim to prevent him from beating them, Young has learned to get his teammates involved while patiently waiting for his opportunity.

"Jamaine doesn't feel as much pressure to score and has learned to look and kick the ball out when teams are double- and triple-teaming him, " said Kazmarek.

Some playing time on the perimeter is another way for Young to be effective. That time at Broadneck is limited, but could become important in college.

"Jamaine is in a precarious position because of his size, but I think he could play the post at a small Division I school or definitely Division II," said Kazmarek. "In college, he may have to become more of a perimeter player and I think he has the ability to develop quickly."

Young, who carries a 2.5 grade-point average and scored over 700 on the Scholastic Assessment Test, agrees with his coach.

"I could play on the perimeter if I work hard at it," he said.

The No. 10 Bruins (14-6, 12-3) are one win away (Severna Park at home tonight) from winning the county South Division title to earn the right to play in the first county championship game at Old Mill Tuesday.

The Bruins also hope to challenge No. 4 Dunbar of Baltimore in the 3A East regional.

"Playing in the first county championship game is something we wanted," said Young. "Coming into this season, we knew everybody would doubt us without Jason [Smith, a four-year starter and two-time All-Metro guard who was named The Sun Male Athlete of the Year].

"But we've proved everybody wrong and nobody is doubting us now."

Nobody is doubting that a 6-1 player can handle the post position either.

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