February has been a standout month for Argonauts basketball and Ellis Young III.
After recording the first double-double of his career on Valentine’s Day, Young was given the green light for scoring duty with University of West Florida on Feb. 16. Young scored 41 points against the West Georgia Wolves, eclipsed the Argos’ single game scoring record, and was named Gulf South Conference Player of the Week for the second week in a row.
The Argos defeated the Wolves 87-79.
Young, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound junior from Merritt Island, Fla., sunk 11 free throws and made 15 of 22 shot attempts in 33 minutes.
“I kind of had revenge on my mind the whole time,” Young said. Earlier in the season, the Argos fell short to the Wolves 46-56. Young found himself in early foul trouble and was limited to just 21 minutes.
Young’s revenge was even sweeter when he broke a UWF record that had held for more than 15 years. The men’s basketball single game scoring record had been secure since Nov. 23, 1996,when Jerry Fogle scored 39 points against William Carey.
“Part of it (Young’s success) is his energy and his effort,” said Argos coach Bob Stinnett. “The other part is that he is out-thinking people.”
Under Stinnett, the Argonauts strive to make the extra pass to find open teammates. This strategy has led to many high-percentage shots and free throw attempts.
“A lot of that (Young’s scoring) came from his teammates. They were unselfish and passed him the ball,” Stinnett said.
Young and the rest of the Argos were in-sync offensively. The Argos scored the first three shots and never looked back, finishing with a 55.2 shooting percentage.
“Way back in October when we started, he (Young) wasn’t so sure he liked the offense,” Stinnett said. “He buys into the offense (now), and it works for him.”
Young made noise on the defensive side of the ball, accumulating three blocks throughout the contest.
Young is new to UWF this year, having transferred from Brevard Community College after two seasons. He has led the Argos in scoring 17 times this season.