Greater Columbus Basketball Legend Association





Edward “Skip” Young, Co-Founder/President GCBLA

Skip graduated from Linden McKinley HS in 1967, whereas team co-captain, with Jim Cleamons, he lead the Panthers to their first OHSAA State Championship, and named tournament MVP, 1st team All-State, and All-American. He played collegiately at Florida State University, were he was 2nd leading scorer, assist leader, and co-captain. Drafted in 5th round by NBA Boston Celtics, and 7th round choice of New Jersey Nets (formerly of the ABA). Due to injuries Skip created Optimum performance Training Systems for HS, Collegiate, and Professional basketball players. He later went into coaching girls basketball at Florida A&M Developmental Research School (FAMU DRS), were he lead them to the schools 1st State Championship, he went on to win a total of three (3) State Championships, Two (2) State Runner-up Titles, Seven final Four appearances, Twice named Florida Coach of the year, all within a period of eleven (11) years, prior to retiring from coaching.

Career Highlights:

  • Inducted into Linden McKinley Hall of Fame
  • Inducted into Florida State Hall of Fame
  • Ranked in the top 100 all-time scores in FSU history
  • CEO/Founder of High Five Sports &Academic Foundation, Inc.
  • Founder of Optimum Performance Training Systems, Inc., providing personal training and fitness in specific basketball related skills
  • Organized and conducted basketball clinics and camps in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Ohio, Los Angeles, and Ghana West Africa
  • 97% of all former players have attended a college or university