Rasaun Young is the all-time leading scorer for the University at Buffalo men’s basketball but these days he’s known – very well-known – as the head coach of New Rochelle’s boys basketball team.
New Rochelle was thrust into the national sporting spotlight Sunday when it defeated state superpower Mount Vernon for the Section I Class AA championship on an absolutely amazing shot.
The buzzer-beater from three-quarter court, released with 0.1 seconds on the clock by senior Khalil Edney, gave New Rochelle a zany, must-be-seen-to-be-believed, 61-60 victory.
Down two points, Edney inbounded the ball from under his own basket with 2.9 remaining. His pass toward standout Joe Clarke (30 points) was tipped to Mount Vernon’s Devonte Banner, who lobbed the ball into the backcourt toward teammate Traquann Scales. A streaking Edney, breaking from his spot inbounding from the baseline, leapt to intercept it and quickly heaved a two-handed shot at the buzzer.
When the shot went in, New Rochelle went into a wild celebration. The shot was initially waved off, leading Mount Vernon to start a wild celebration at the same time. After a few moments, the officials conferred and signaled that the shot was good, as New Rochelle’s celebration continued and Mount Vernon was left stunned.
The video went viral, receiving multiple viewings on SportsCenter. The team’s stars, as well as coach Young, were interviewed by ESPN and were guests on Good Morning America. (Visit the Prep Talk blog at buffalonews.com for links to view the shot and interviews.)
Young, a member of the UB Athletics Hall of Fame, completed his career with 1,908 points. He averaged a conference-high 19.8 points as a senior, 19.6 his junior year and 17.2 for his career (he was red-shirted one season). A three-time, first-team All-Mid-Continent Conference pick.