Who will replace senior forward Harper Kamp a year from now?
It might be Andrew Young, a 6-8 1/2, 235-pound power forward from Monterey Peninsula College.
Cal is among a growing list of schools courting Young, who is averaging about 24 points and 16.5 rebounds through 12 games this season, according to his coach.
He’s a back-to-the-basket player, but with 15-foot shooting range and the ability to play above the rim, according to MPC coach Blake Spiering. And he has good grades.
“Cal has shown a lot more interest as of late. They are very serious,” Spiering said. “Andrew’s arguably one of the best post players left (unsigned) in the country. That’s not my opinion, that’s other people talking.”
It’s not close to a done deal, though. Texas Tech, Gonzaga, North Carolina State, San Diego, San Jose State, Wyoming and Texas A&M also are interested.
There is no clear timetable on when Young will make his decision. Spiering said he might wait until the spring signing period.
In the meantime, he continues to excel for Monterey Peninsula. A hometown kid, he was not recruited out of high school, according to his coach.
‘He’s got an unbelievable work ethic, on and off the court,” Spiering said. “He understands the time you have to put in outside of practice. You don’t get that out of too many kids these days.
“He really has fun playing basketball and that attitude is somewhat contagious for the other kids.”
The “other kids,” Spiering said, are mostly freshmen and just learning their way around. As a result, Young gets little help right now and routinely sees heavy defensive attention.
“No real knock on his teammates, but he’s pretty much doing this one-on-five every game,” Spiering said. “They triple-team him and sometimes just sit in a zone and sag around him.”
In spite of that, Spiering said Young had a 35-point game against Foothill College and its 7-foot center, and 32 points against Merced, which has three frontline players at 6-7 or taller. He’s also had games of 22 and 20 rebounds.
Spiering said Young is very academic-oriented and will seriously take that into account when he picks a school.
“He is open to all schools,” Spiering said. “Cal, obviously. is one of the better institutions in the country. He likes Cal.”