He's a 6-foot-4 high school basketball player who seems much taller, a senior manchild who may be powerful enough to lead Bullard to a fourth-straight Central Section Division I title.
"He has the wingspan of a 7-footer and he plays like 6-7," Knights coach Jeff Schmidt said after Calvin Young owned the final 11/2 minutes while lifting his fifth-ranked team to a 62-61 come-from-behind County/Metro Athletic Conference win at No. 4 Edison Tuesday night.
"Calvin really took over when he needed to," Schmidt said of the 2013 Bee All-Star, who will next play for Humboldt State in Arcata on the north coast.
Fifth-ranked Bullard (11-10), entering the game tied with No. 4 Edison (18-6) atop the league with 4-0 records, trailed 61-59 when Young made the game his.
• He blocked his eighth shot with 1 minute, 25 seconds remaining.
• He made a free throw with 59.8 seconds to go, cutting the deficit to 61-60.
• He stole the ball at 32.9.
• Taking an entry pass from Kevin Howland-Woolridge, he blew through traffic on the baseline and threw down a gym-rocking two-handed dunk, giving the Knights a 62-61 lead at 14.0.
• He forced a turnover with 2 seconds to go and Bullard ran out the clock.
Young finished with 11 points, the eight rejections and 13 rebounds.
"Could have been better," he said with a smile that seemingly never leaves. "Defense is pretty much my role. I don't need to worry about offense because we have such great shooters, so I block shots, get rebounds and make sure it's tough for (the opposition) to finish."
Young, Bullard's career-leader in blocks, has the gift of rejecting shots while rarely fouling.
"He can just kind of maneuver his way," Schmidt said. "He has great timing."
Speaking of great timing: Austin Armstead, who's missed virtually three months with a broken hand and foot stress fracture, is back and warming up in a hurry for the Knights.
The 6-3 left-handed junior guard and three-year varsity player scored 13 points on a night Bullard also received 15 from Howland-Woolridge and 10, to go along with strong floor management, from point guard Quinn Rystad.
"Austin's still not 100%, but we need his heart; he's a basketball player," Schmidt said. "He doesn't have his quickness, his motor; he's not in game shape. I can't wait until he's 100%.
"This was a real statement game for us, something we really needed. We've had a hard schedule and some tough breaks. Our guys were hungry; they knew it wasn't going to be easy against a great Edison team that's well coached."
Senior forwards Tyquan Neal and Daylon Potts scored 18 and 16 points for the Tigers, who didn't score in the final 3 minutes after leading 61-57.
The Bee's Central Section boys basketball Top 10
1. Clovis East 19-6
2. Clovis West 15-6
3. Central 21-4
4. Edison 18-6
5. Bullard 11-10
6. Centennial 16-5
7. Stockdale 15-4
8. Fresno 21-3
9. Washington 17-4
10. Independence 10-8
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