BUFFALO, NY – Rasaun Young, one of the best players to ever play basketball at the University at Buffalo, will have his number 11 honored on March 8 at Alumni Arena. The ceremony is scheduled for halftime of UB's game against Bowling Green.
Young played for the Bulls from 1993-98 when the team was a member of the Mid-Continent Conference. He was a three-time first-team all-conference selection and led the league in scoring his senior season, averaging 19.3 points per game. He was also an academic all-conference selection.
A native of New Rochelle, NY, Young finished his career with a school-record 1,908 points and was Buffalo's all-time leading scorer for 16 years before Javon McCrea passed him in 2014. Young was inducted into the Dr. and Mrs. Edmond J. Gicewicz Family UB Athletics Hall of Fame in 2004 and, at the time of his induction, was the UB leader in 11 statistical categories – including career field goals (648) and free throws made (568).
Young scored 39 points against Northeastern Illinois on February 15, 1997. For nearly 22 years it stood as a school record for points in a game against a Division I opponent until CJ Massinburg scored 43 points in a win at West Virginia earlier this season.
After graduating from UB with a degree in sociology in 1998, Young had a brief professional basketball career. He was hired as the varsity boys' basketball head coach at New Rochelle High School in 2012 and led the team to the New York State Class AA Championship game in his first season. He is the co-founder and president of Team Young World, Inc., a basketball camp designed to train young athletes to reach their full potential both on and off the basketball court. He is also the co-founder and a board member of the New Rochelle Basketball Association, which was established in 2011 to provide opportunities for New Rochelle boys and girls to learn and play basketball on a competitive level as well as assisting them with their academic responsibilities.
Along with being inducted into the UB Athletics Hall of Fame, Young was inducted into the Remington Boys and Girls Club of New Rochelle Hall of Fame in 2000, the New Rochelle Sports Hall of Fame in 2006 and the New Rochelle High School Wall of Fame in 2018.
Young will join four other men's basketball standouts who have had their numbers honored, including Harold Kuhn (no. 19), Jim Horne (no. 13), Curtis Blackmore (no. 52) and Sam Pellom (no. 50).
Buffalo will host Bowling Green on Friday, March 8 at 6 pm at Alumni Arena in the final regular season game of the year. The game will air nationally on ESPNU.