Dec. 17, 2007
Houston - - The University of Houston will honor current UH director of basketball operations and strength and conditioning coach Michael Young at halftime of the Kentucky game when the school retires his No. 42 jersey.
Not only does he hold the records for the most games and most minutes played, Young joins Elvin Hayes and Otis Birdsong as the only three Cougar players to score 2,000 points in their career as Young finished his UH career with 2,043 points. He also is one of the top 10 career rebounding leaders in school history and ranks among the school's top four leaders in career steals.
Young also set a Southwest Conference record for most field goals made during his career.
He also has the distinction of being the only player in UH history to help lead the Cougars to the NCAA Tournament four times and a starter for three NCAA Final Four teams. Yet, what most Cougar fans remember him for is being the scoring leader for Houston's famed- Phi Slama Jama team
As a freshman, he joined Clyde Drexler as a starting forward and helped lead the Cougars to the 1981 NCAA Tournament
The following year, Young led Houston's Phi Slama Jama in scoring with 17.3 points per game. While most of his points went unnoticed on Houston's Phi Slama Jama teams, at the end of the game there they were in black and white on a box score.
Throughout the 1982-83 season, Young led the Phi Slama Jama team in scoring during 15 games, recorded twelve 20-point games that season and scored in double figures during 31 contests. He was named the Most Outstanding Player at the Southwest Conference Postseason Classic and later was selected as Houston's Most Valuable Player that year.
Houston advanced to the NCAA Final Four for the second straight year and played in the National Championship game for the first time in school history.
He returned and joined Olajuwon in leading the Cougars to the 1984 NCAA Championship game against Georgetown.
That season, The Sporting News and Basketball Weekly named him a Second-Team All-American. The Associated Press, UPI, NABC and Kodak chose him Third-Team All-American that same season. He also was a Consensus First-Team All-SWC selection after leading the league in scoring with 19.8 points per game. Young also was selected to the SWC Post-Season Classic's All-Tournament Team three times.
Following his collegiate career, Young went on to play 14 seasons as a professional before returning to UH in 1998, where he is the current Director of Basketball Operations.
Later, he was inducted into the UH Athletics Hall of Honor in 2004 and the French Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.