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House's burgeoning offensive role

Michael Young is a legend within Houston's athletic department, first gaining recognition as a member of the mid-1980s basketball teams and then as part of the school's athletic administration. When James Dickey was recently hired to replace Tom Penders, Young was kept as the director of basketball operations, a move that many speculated helped convince his son, Joseph, that he shouldn't play ball for Keno Davis at Providence but should rather trek back to his native Texas and suit up for the Cougars. Since Davis would not release Young (the wing's appeal was also denied by the NLI Policy and Review Committee), he had to sit out a season at Houston before gaining eligibility, but over the course of the two seasons he played for Dickey, Young has been one of the better offensive wings in Conference USA: Young's offensive rating ranked 26th in the nation (per Ken Pomeroy), and Young -- who caused turnovers so infrequently it was shocking when he was careless with the basketball -- was an instant mismatch for defenders. Not only could Young connect from deep (42 percent), but he could also run off countless screens and use his body to convert countless And-1s (only one other Cougar drew more fouls per 40 minutes than the 6-foot-3 guard). However, Young will not return to Houston next season; Joseph Duarte of the Houston Chronicle reported his father was reassigned within the athletic department and made a personal decision that he would not return to the American Athletic Conference program, essentially a package deal that also means Joseph will not return to UH.