Jahmir Young named to Bob Cousy Award Watch List

Veteran guard Jahmir Young has been named to the Bob Cousy Award watch list, one of 20 guards nationally and three in the Big Ten to make the list.

Jahmir Young is the first Maryland guard to make the Bob Cousy Award watch list since Anthony Cowan Jr. did so back in 2019, while he becomes the fourth point guard in program history named to the watch list, joining Cowan, Melo Trimble and Greivis Vasquez. Vasquez remains the lone Terp to win the award, doing so following his senior year in 2010.

Via release:

The accolades continue to roll in for Young ahead of the 2023-24 season. Earlier this month, Young was announced as a unanimous selection to the Preseason All-Big Ten Team. Young was the first unanimous selection to the Preseason All-Big Ten team since Cowan, Jr. in 2019. Young was also named a Preseason All-American by the Blue Ribbon and Lindy’s Sports Magazines. Additionally, he was selected as a Preseason All-Big Ten First Team selection and noted as the No. 35 of 100 top players for the upcoming season by the Field of 68 Almanac.

Last season, Young averaged a team-high 15.8 points per game and was named to the All-Big Ten Second Team, the USBWA All-District Team, and the NABC All-District Second Team. His 553 points this past season ranked as the 30th best total for a single season in Maryland program history. Young tallied nine 20-point games on the year including a season-high 30 in the win over No. 24 Ohio State. Young helped lead Maryland to a 22-13 overall record last season which included a win over West Virginia in the NCAA Tournament, an undefeated home slate in Big Ten play, and a 16-1 overall home record in the XFINITY Center.

Young, Julian Reese and DeShawn Harris-Smith lead Maryland into the 2023-24 season as Young opted to return for a second season in College Park under head coach Kevin Willard.

“I think his biggest challenges that he’s working on right now is just reading defense a little bit better, slowing down a little bit in pick-and-roles. I think he’s done a great job in understanding that,” Willard said on Young last week. “He came from an offense that didn’t wasn’t pick-and-roll heavy. Charlotte played much more of a Princeton-style offense, two out, open post, so he got thrown into a very pick-and-roll heavy system. And I thought he did a great job of adjusting. He’s now taking that next step to not just adjusting but now reading defense, understanding when to go. I think he’s he has such a better feel of who he’s playing with and what their strengths are. I asked him to do so much last year that I don’t think he had time to really comprehend, ‘okay I’ve got Noah Batchelor on the trail and I got Jamie Kaiser in the corner. You know, let me get in the lane and get an easy three.’ Last year he was just trying to survive this conference a little bit. He’s matured a little bit. He’s a little bit more, he understands that he’s got some guys around them now that can help him be a better player and I think that’s been his biggest step and what he still has to kind of continue to improve.”

Maryland opens the season on Nov. 7 vs. Mount St. Mary’s.

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