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Sharron Young of Morgantown nominated for McDonald’s All-American Game

Jan. 16—MORGANTOWN — As back-to-back state title winner, Morgantown senior Sharron Young doesn’t have much more to accomplish. Anything he accomplishes this year will just be gravy on what has already been a great high school career.

However, that’s not to say there aren’t big things on the horizon for the Mohigan standout. It was announced on Tuesday that Young has been nominated for the 2024 McDonald’s All-American Game, held on April 2 in Houston, Texas.

“I’m really proud of Sharron,” MHS coach Dave Tallman said. ‘He deserved it. To be nominated for the McDonald’s game is a real honor.”

Through 10 games this season, Young was a point-per-minute player for the Mohigans (9-1), averaging 22 points in 22 minutes. He also averages 7.1 rebounds, 8.4 assists and 6.3 steals per game. He has signed to play Division I basketball at Akron University next year.

Young was one of six nominated players from West Virginia, five boys and one girl. In addition to Young, nominees include Zion Blevins (Chapmanville), Cole Joy (Parkersburg South), Jackson Smith (Parkersburg South), Quinton Burlenski (Wheeling Central) and Gracie Shamblin (Parkersburg South).

On January 24, the top 24 boys and 24 girls will be selected to play in the game, which will feature two teams of twelve.

But even before that, Young could reach another milestone. After reaching 1,000 career points earlier this season, Young is now closing in on the all-time Morgantown scoring record, currently held by former MHS and West Virginia University player and WVU radio broadcaster Jay Jacobs.

Jacobs, who graduated from MHS in 1956, held the record of 1,268 points for nearly 70 years. Young is currently at 1,131.

Just like when he was approaching 1,000 points, Young said he tries not to think about breaking the record and just focuses on winning games.

“I’m aware of it, but it’s nothing,” Young said last Friday after scoring 20 points against rival University. “I’m just trying to go out there and be a leader for my team and keep winning.”

Other milestones for Young this season would include a rare three-peat state title and he could become Morgantown’s first-ever Bill Evans Award winner as West Virginia State Player of the Year.

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