Tuesday, January 23, 2001 Volume 66, Issue 80


 
 









 

Younger denied fourth Cougar year

By Crystal J. Doucette
Daily Cougar Staff

Senior forward Kenny Younger, a three-year veteran of the UH menis basketball team, was turned down for a fourth year of eligibility with the Cougars by the NCAA.

A member of the 1,000 Point Club with 1,131, Younger appealed to the Subcommittee on Continuing Eligibility Issues of the Academic Eligibility Compliance Cabinet in hopes of reversing his ineligibility. Although he raised his grades above NCAA requirements, the subcommittee denied his request.

Head coach Ray McCallum told reporters in a teleconference Monday morning that the association required an academic percentage of 75 before the start of the season. Although Youngeris eligibility could not be reassessed until the end of Fall 2000, the team was informed he could appeal.


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Kenny Younger, shown here in Hofheinz Pavilion playing Southern Miss last season, was one of the Cougarsi leading scorers and rebounders.

With the NCAA rejection, the senioris basketball career at UH is officially over.

"Itis unfortunate," McCallum said. "Heis a fine young man and an excellent basketball player. We wish him well."

Although he only played with the Cougars for three years, Younger was one of the top players on the team. He placed 23rd in the Cougar 500 Rebound Club with 631 for an average of 7.3 rebounds per game.

During the 1999-2000 season, in which he participated as a senior, he scored a career-high 32 points with 17 rebounds against Sacramento State in a 72-70 Cougar victory.

A sophomore during his first year in red and white, Younger was one of the top newcomers in C-USA. A starter in all 29 games, he was seventh in conference with a .488 field goal percentage with three double-doubles for the 1997-98 season.

After his junior year, Younger received C-USA All-Conference Third Team honors for his efforts during the season. Younger hit a .485 field goal percentage, a .386 beyond the arc and was second in double-doubles in conference with 11 for the year.

He was the Cougarsi second-leading scorer with 15.7 per game and second in rebounds with 7.8 per game.

Youngeris 32-point performance during his senior season was the only 30-point game of any individual Cougar for the year. He played six double-double contests as he finished the year with a .459 shooting percentage, 7.5 rebounds per game and 25 total blocks.

A UH starter in every game of his career, Younger could have led the Cougar squad this year if he continued his previous court performance.

2001 Preview

The Daily Cougar will present the 2001 UH Baseball and Softball Preview in its Jan. 30 issue. Both teams are young, and gearing up for the upcoming season.

The menis baseball team features 13 freshmen on its squad, while the womenis softball team is taking the field for its inaugural season in Cougar Division I sports.

Cougar softball is practicing off campus until the softball stadium is finished. The stadium project began last year and should be completed in April.

The Cougar baseball team will take the field in its Annual Alumni Game on Saturday, as ex-Cougars and pro players return to Cougar Field.
 

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