Former Charlotte 49er forward Galen Young dies at 45

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Former Charlotte 49er forward Galen Young died Saturday after an incident at his mother’s house in Memphis, Tennessee. He was 45 years old, ESPN reported.

According to ESPN, The Daily Memphian, a news outlet in Memphis, reported that Young died when a vehicle crashed into the house.

“The 49ers Basketball family mourns the loss of former standout Galen Young. Young played for the 49ers from 1997-99 and was 1999 C-USA Tournament MVP. Our thoughts and prayers are with Galen’s family at this difficult time. Rest In Peace, Galen,” The Charlotte 49ers men’s basketball team tweeted.

Young played for the University of North Carolina - Charlotte 49ers for two years and was First Team All-Conference USA in 1999. He was then selected 48th overall by the Bucks but didn’t make the roster, according to ESPN.

Young later had a journeyman pro basketball career and played in Japan, Venezuela, Spain, Australia, the Philippines and New Zealand, ESPN reported.

He eventually played in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) for the Alaska Aces in the 2004 Fiesta Conference, and then again in 2007 for the San Miguel Beermen. He played in the conference one last time in 2009.

During his pro basketball career, Young won a championship with the Yakima Sun Kings in the Continental Basketball Association in 2007, while earning CBA Player of the Year honors. He won another championship with the Perth Wildcats in the NBL in Australia.

After Young retired, he started coaching and was an assistant at Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee from 2016 to 2020.

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