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Pitt notebook: Young selected to oversight committee

| Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 5:06 p.m.

Pitt junior forward Mike Young was selected by the NCAA to serve as one of two student-athlete representatives on the 16-member Division I Men's Basketball Oversight Committee.

Young has started all 70 games at Pitt. Last year, he led the Panthers in rebounding (7.3) and was second in scoring (13.4 points).

“It's a big honor,” said Young a past member of the ACC's All-Academic team. “I got a little overwhelmed knowing that I not only represent myself, my team and the university, but I represent a lot of other schools and student athletes.”

Young and Northern Colorado's Cody McDavis are the student-athlete representatives.

The oversight committee, chaired by UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero, was designed to “enhance the development and public perception of the sport and make recommendations related to regular season and postseason men's basketball.”

Last month, the oversight committee recommended that the NCAA pay for travel expenses for families traveling to the semifinal and final rounds of the NCAA Tournament for an additional year. The Division I Council approved the measure. The oversight committee also recently proposed a new rule that would allow players to retain their college eligibility even after declaring themselves eligible for the NBA Draft.

Young thanked Pitt coach Jamie Dixon for his support.

“For him to nominate me, I wasn't shocked, but I was kind of surprised,” Young said. “A lot of people would think he would nominate James (Robinson) ... I know James is a senior, but I still have two more years so I think I'm becoming the face of the team. My responsibility is to represent us well on and off the court.”

Jones has surgery

Junior guard Chris Jones, who led Pitt with 41 3-pointers last season, underwent toe surgery Tuesday and is expected to be sidelined six weeks, the university confirmed Wednesday.

Jones joins senior guard James Robinson (foot), junior guard Josh Newkirk (knee) and graduate transfer Sterling Smith (ankle) among Pitt players to have offseason surgery.

John Harris is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at or via Twitter @jharris_trib.

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