Lansing High School graduate, Clay Young, has been chosen by Kansas basketball coach Bill Self to join the KU men's basketball program for the 2015-16 season. In this Quick 5 interview, Young talks about his lifelong dream come true.

Lansing High School graduate, Clay Young, has been chosen by Kansas basketball coach Bill Self to join the KU men's basketball program for the 2015-16 season. In this Quick 5 interview, Young talks about his lifelong dream come true.

1. Clay, what was it like when you were recently added to the University of Kansas Jayhawk basketball roster as a non-scholarship player? Was this a lifelong dream come true?
The moment I found out I would be a member of this team was one of the best feelings I have ever had. It is definitely a dream come true, something every kid who grows up in Kansas wants to experience.

2. After graduation in 2013 from Lansing High School, you played for the Kansas City Kansas Community College Blue Devils. How did your high school and junior college basketball experience prepare you for playing for one of the most prestigious teams in the nation?
I think my court experience has prepared me more than anything. In high school, I played all four years at the varsity level and my one year I played at KCKCC I played nearly the whole game every game.

3. Your former KCKCC coach, Kelley Newton, a good friend of KU coach Bill Self, has given you high praise, saying you would be a value and asset to any program. How has he helped you hone your basketball skills? What do you think will be the most exciting and beneficial things about getting to play for Bill Self?
Coach Newton is a not only a great coach but a great person as well. He pushed me a lot in my time at KCK and I became a much better player and person because of it. I'm very excited to play for coach Self because he is simply the best in the country.

4. How did your life change dramatically in 10 months when you tore the ACL in your left knee during a game? What was the surgery and recovery period like and what do you think might have happened if you had not sustained this injury at that particular time? How did coach Newton help you through this period?
Tearing my ACL really changed my life. I'm almost certain I would not be a Jayhawk if I had not torn it. I likely would have taken a scholarship to a small school somewhere had I played my sophomore year at KCK. I'm still getting back into the swing of everything because I basically took a season off due to my injury. The surgery and recovery process was one of the hardest things I've ever gone through. Coach Newton told me to keep my head up and to not feel sorry for myself because that would just hold me back even more. It helped a lot and I was motivated and got back on the court in four months.

5. Coach Newton has said you are definitely a leader, not a follower, and that you come from a great family rooted in core values. Can you tell us a little about your family and how they have supported and helped nurture your dream to play basketball at KU? What are you most looking forward to about this incredible opportunity?
I have the best family and support system and I wouldn't be in this position had they not had my back through everything I've been through.
My parents have been taking me to practices and tournaments since I was 10 years old. I'm looking forward to the entire experience. Being able to say I play basketball at KU is such an honor and I am truly blessed to be a part of it.
Running out on the court at Allen Fieldhouse full of students and fans cheering loudly will be amazing.
I also look forward to meeting people connected to the team and players from the past.
The networking for my future will be incredible.
Actually, I am looking forward to every aspect of this opportunity.
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