By Trey Hunter
Mustang High School graduate and former Broncos baseball player, Royce Young, has been hired by ESPN as an NBA writer.
Young graduated from Mustang in 2004 and graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2008, working for the school’s newspaper, the OU Daily, as a staff writer for three years. During his final semester and upon the arrival of the Oklahoma City Thunder from Seattle, Young started the blog ‘Daily Thunder’.
“I started Daily Thunder as kind of a personal diary of the team for myself,” Young said. “Somehow, it gained exposure and ESPN found it. They added it to their TrueHoop Network and from there I was able to get my big break with CBS Sports.”
Young started working for CBSSports.com in 2010, covering the ‘LeBron James Decision’ as his first article for the site. However, after being hired by ESPN last month, he will now focus on his new, full-time gig.
“It’s exciting,” Young said. “Getting to talk and interview guys like Kevin Durant is definitely a dream. Getting to talk with them one-on-one outside of interviews about stuff like NFL and movies is pretty special and it’s exciting to now be a part of ESPN.”
“There have been incredible writers come out of the TrueHoop Network and to get to write for ESPN and the network is a dream in itself.”
Young is currently covering the Western Conference Finals between the Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs. For a more, in-depth look into his work, visit www.dailythunder.com or www.espn.com/blog/truehoop. Young has also written for The New York Times and SLAM Magazine.