Galen Young Biography – Galen Young Wiki
Leslie Galen Young was an American professional basketball player. He played two years of Division I college basketball for the Charlotte 49ers, where he earned first-team All-Conference USA honors in 1999. He played professionally in the United States and abroad for 13 years, winning a Continental Basketball Association championship in 2007 with the Yakima Sun Kings and an Australian National Basketball League championship in 2010 with the Perth Wildcats.
A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Young graduated from Hillcrest High School where he played basketball under coach John Anderson. After graduation, he attended Northwest Mississippi Community College in Senatobia, Mississippi, where he led the Rangers to a sixth-place finish in the NJCAA National Tournament. As a sophomore, he was named the team’s Most Valuable Player and a two-time selection for All-State. He was a NJCAA All-American and named to the All-Tournament Team.
Young took his talents to North Carolina-Charlotte after transferring from NW Mississippi CC, where he would lead the 49ers to two consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. During his senior season, UNC-Charlotte won the Conference USA Championship, where he was selected as the team MVP, Conference USA Tournament MVP and was named to the All-Conference Team.
The Milwaukee Bucks selected Young in the second round of the 1999 NBA Draft. After a brief stint in the NBA, he took his talents all over the world playing professional basketball in eight different countries such as Japan, Venezuela, Spain, Australia, the Philippines and New Zealand. In the United States, he played in the CBA, ABA and NBL.
Young has been a part of two national championships in his career. In 2007, he played for the Yakima Sun Kings when they won the CBA championship and he was selected as Player of the Year. In 2010, he was an NBL Champion with the Perth Wildcats.
In 2011, Young was a player/coach for the East Kentucky Energy of the ABA where he led them to an ABA Final Four. He was named one of the ABA’s East All-Star Team Coaches for the 2011 ABA All-Star game. After retiring in 2012, he returned to UNC-Charlotte to complete his degree in criminal justice. He got into coaching and served as an assistant at Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee from 2016 to 2020.
Galen Young Age
Galen Young was born on October 16, 1975, in Memphis, Tennessee, United States. He died on June 5, 2021, in Memphis, Tennessee. He was 45.
Galen Young Wife
Was Galen Young married? Information about Galen Young’s wife was not immediately available.
Galen Young Children
The 6-foot-6 Young had two twin sons, Grayson and Ellis Young.
Galen Young Death – Galen Young Accident
The former Charlotte 49er forward died on June 5, 2021, at the age of 45 following a freak accident at his mother’s house in Horn Lake Road, Memphis. According to the Daily Memphian, Young died after a vehicle crashed into the house. His mother was unhurt. “I understand that Galen was on a computer in a front room,” Young’s friend and former teammate Marlon Thomas told the Charlotte Observer. “Then the car came into the house and killed him while he was sitting there. It’s such a freaky, terrible thing.”
Charlotte 49ers Men’s Basketball tweeted: “The 49ers Basketball family mourns the loss of former standout Galen Young. Young played for the 49ers from 1997-99 and was 1999 C-USA Tournament MVP. Our thoughts and prayers are with Galen’s family at this difficult time. Rest In Peace, Galen.”
Alaska coach Jeffrey Cariaso, who played with Young during the American import’s first PBA stint in the 2004 Fiesta Conference, wrote on his official Instagram account upon learning of the news: “Galen was one of my favorite imports to play with. Not only was he a warrior on the court, he was an even better friend off it. Prayers for his family during this tough time. Rest well in heaven my friend. 🙏🏼 #alaskafamily.”
The NBL wrote on Twitter: “The NBL is saddened to hear of the passing of former @PerthWildcats and Townsville Crocodiles player Galen Young. Young played 48 games in the NBL, winning a championship with the Wildcats in 2010. Our thoughts are with those who were close to him.”
Galen Young Cause of Death
Galen Young was killed after a vehicle crashed into his mother’s house in Memphis.
Galen Young Height
Young was 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) tall.
Galen Young Net Worth
Galen Young’s net worth was estimated to be $2 million.