Welcome to Georgia Hoops, the ongoing blog produced by Justin Young of Rivals.com and the Georgia Hoops Recruiting Service. Young is the leading expert in Georgia high school basketball. Outside of his duties as the National Basketball Recruiting Analyst for Rivals.com, Young covers the Peach State better than anyone.
This blog is an ongoing project that we will update throughout the year and updated as news breaks regarding all basketball in the state of Georgia. Please use it as a reference point and discussion forum.
Young has nearly 10 years of experience in the media world. During his time on the high school basketball scene, he has covered major summer events such as the Nike Peach Jam, Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions, Charlie Weber events, Las Vegas Spring Showcase, Real Deal on the Hill, King James Shooting Stars Classic, Kingwood Classic, Atlanta Basketball Classic, NBA Players Association camp, ABCD camp, adidas Superstar camp, Nike All-America camp, AAU Super Showcase, AAU National Championships, adidas Super 64, Reebok Big Time, Main Event, Pangos Midnight Madness as well as dozens of other tournaments.
Before joining the Rivals.com network, Young was the Associate Sports Information Director at Kennesaw State University, a Division II school northwest of Atlanta. While there, he won various awards for his basketball coverage at KSU and in the Peach Belt Conference.
While with NBADraft.net, Young was the website's most public figure. He was a featured guest on NBA TV as well as more than 100 radio stations across North America and Europe.
He has been a writer and editor of several small newspapers in Georgia, Oregon, Texas and Washington. He has been awarded Excellence in Sports Media - Print Journalism by the Georgia Press Association as well as Best Column by the GPA in 2004.
Young and his wife reside in metro Atlanta, Ga., with their daughters.