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(- 1 iA ,- ' 1 ' f - J f J- ; Ivi4 1 -, i : N ' A i Photo by Wilson Wool ley Jimmy Young: Guard-shy Western could use his talents. Kick, Kick! Oldham Once Bypassed Murray's Young By JOHN FLYNN Courier-Journal 4 Timet Staff Writer With visions of Jacksonville's 7-footers dancing in their heads, the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers may look right over Jimmy Young Saturday night at Murray. It would not be the first time that Western has made this mistake. "I've kicked myself at least seven times for not going after him when he was in high school," said Western coach John Oldham. Young's heart belonged to the Hilltoppers before he chose Murray State. Back home in Cunningham, Tenn., he learned about Western from his mom and dad,- Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Young Sr., who were Western graduates. Father, Oldham Were Teammates Ironically, Jimmy's father, who coached at Montgomery Central High School, played freshman ball with Oldham at Western. v . . "His daddy told me Jimmy could play, and I have a lot of respect for his judgment," said Oldham, "but the night we saw him play in high school he didn't look good at all. "However," added the Western coach ruefully, "I'm willing to admit we made a mistake." Enter Murray coach Cal Luther, who was looking for a guard. "We were crazy about Jimmy right off," said Luther. "He stuck his nose into the middle of everything and we knew we wanted him." Young remembers that Western didn't seem to want him, but he insists that after he visited Murray, Western probably, couldn't have gotten him if it had come with open arms. Luther, meanwhile, leaves little doubt about what Young, an outside shooter and driver who measures six feet with his sneakers on, would have meant to the towering but guard-shy Hilltoppers. OVC's Toughest Competitor? "Would he ever have made them tough!" said Luther, shuddering at the thought of Young in Western red instead of Murray blue. , There probably isn't a tougher competitor in the Ohio Valley Conference than Young, who wears his golden hair in floppy, Early Beatle style. "He looks like a Dead-End kid," said Luther, "but he's just the opposite soft-spoken and nice until they turn out the lights for the Anthem. Then he changes. "There are games in which he refuses to let us lose like the other night at Middle Tennessee. Middle was just brimming to beat us, but Jimmy wouldn't allow it. He scored 30 points, hit 11 of 17 floor shots and made all eight of his free throws." Free throw accuracy is nothing new for Young. He is hitting 90 per cent at the line, second best in the nation although he is slightly under the minimum attempts required to be ranked. Young, meanwhile, said he is anticipating Saturday night's engagement with Western. "We have a chance to be invited to the National Invitation Tournament, but we're going to have to beat Western," declared Jimmy in his soft Tennessee twang. ( "It surely would be nice to do it. We've had a good season, although it wasn't like last year's when we won the OVC. We got some breaks and won the close ones on the road a year ago, but it has been just the opposite this year." Young said he never had experienced anything like the incompleted game at Eastern Kentucky in which the horn sounded 10 seconds too soon with Murray trailing 79-78. "I had the ball and had just looked at the clock," said Jimmy. "It showed 11 seconds. When the horn sounded, it like to shocked me to death. I just took the ball and threw it at the basket." Looking back over the season, Young, who is a junior, said he felt he had made strides in two departments. "No. 1, I've learned to play without the ball and No. 2, I've gained confidence," he said. "If we go back to Eastern for those 10 seconds and Coach wants me to put up the ball, heck, I won't be afraid to. I'll shoot it up there." With this type of attitude, Young's individual statistics are .secondary. However, he is averaging 16.4 points for the season, 20 points over the la,st nine games, and shooting almost 49 per cent from the field. CRYING 'BOUT GAS MILEAGE O HORNET 25.075 m.p.g SST HORNET First In The Union Oil Performance Trials to 37-34; 37-35; 35-37; of and Thompson, 14 Thompson,

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  1. The Courier-Journal,
  2. 27 Feb 1970, Fri,
  3. [First Edition],
  4. Page 29

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