Young named Impact rep for Alaska (Basketball)

September 21, 2011
Jim Young

Jim Young’s commitment to prepare Alaska high school basketball players for college stretches beyond his Dimond girls team and his Team 907 boys summer squad.

And now his influence will extend beyond state lines.

Young has signed on to be the Alaska representative for the prestigious Impact Basketball Academy and its nationally acclaimed prep school in Las Vegas.

“It’s such a high-profile academy,” Young told me. “It’s just opening doors for more Alaskans.”

This fall, Devon Bookert of West and RJ Dempsey of South will become the first players from Alaska to attend the Impact prep school, a yearlong post-graduate training program designed to help borderline D1 players improve their without losing a year of eligibility.

“That’s huge,” said Young, who coached both players on Team 907.

Bookert, last year’s Alaska Class 4A Player of the Year, has already commitment to Florida State University of the mighty ACC. His performance over the summer at the Impact Basketball Academy put the point guard on the map and resulted in offers from a bunch of big schools.

“If Devon hadn’t gone on the summer circuit it would have been slim pickings,” Young said.

That exposure is why Young has taken Alaska players to the Vegas academy for the last five years. There, they get the opportunity to work out under the supervision of Joe Abunassar, who trains NBA stars like Kevin Garnett and Chauncey Billups.

“That’s instant credibility,” Young said.

Young has also seen the benefits of Impact extending beyond the basketball court.

Take East stud Jarred Laws, who traveled with Team 907 to the Impact training center for basketball and is now seeing the effects carry over to the football field.

“He’s having an outstanding season as one of the top wide receivers,” Young said. “I think it’s taken him to a new level in terms of an athlete.”