Young's college hoops regret is not making NCAA tourney

Young's college hoops regret is not making NCAA tourney

TEMPE, Ariz. -- New Royals right-hander Chris Young continued to regale writers Sunday with stories of his basketball days at Princeton.

One of his favorite stories was the time in February 1999, when Princeton trailed rival Penn, 40-13, with 15 minutes left in the game. And Princeton came back to win.

In fact, Young, a 6-foot-10 freshman at the time, dropped in an old-fashioned hook shot from the baseline to put Princeton up, 50-49, with a few seconds left. Penn then missed the final, potential game-winning shot.

"But I wouldn't say that was my favorite game," Young said. "I didn't play very well until the end. I think I missed my first eight shots. I don't know if I had a favorite game."

Young also remembers upsetting Texas, North Carolina State and Georgetown during his two-year stint on the hardcourts. He also fondly remembers his one and only trip to legendary Allen Fieldhouse, where Princeton lost, 82-67, to Kansas. Young had 20 points in that game.

"That was such a good Kansas team," Young said. "They had [Nick] Collison, [Kirk] Hinrich, [Drew] Gooden. We were pretty awed."

Young's main regret with his Princeton hoops days was never making the NCAA tournament.

"We got to the NIT twice, and won our first two games the first year," he said. "But yeah, would have liked to play in the NCAAs just once."

Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jflanagankc. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.