Franklin (Frank) Louis Young (born September 7, 1984 in Tallahassee, Florida) was an American senior basketball player for the West Virginia Mountaineers men's squad. Young was commonly referred to as "Frank The Tank" by West Virginia fans.
Franklin Louis Young was born to Frank B. Young, Jr. and Hattie Mary Young in Tallahassee, Florida. While he excelled as a football quarterback and baseball pitcher in middle school, Young decided to focus exclusively on basketball, where he became a starter on the varsity team at Florida High School as a freshman. As a senior, Young was ranked #164 prospect by Hoop Scoop and was one of the Top 250 prospect by Prep Stars. Bob Gibbons also ranked Young as the 160th best recruit. Young averaged 19 points and 10 rebounds as a junior, but his best season was his senior year. As a senior, he averaged 22.3 points and 10.1 rebounds while being named the Tallahassee Democrat all-Big Bend Player of the Year and 2A Florida State Player of the Year runner-up. Young was also selected to Florida Sports Writers Association's Class 2A all-state squad.
Young entered West Virginia University during the 2003 campaign. Young played 21 games as a freshman, but only averaged 1.1 points and 1 rebound. Young's best game was when he scored six points against Maryland on two three-point shots. He also scored five points against Kent State in the NIT Tournament. 21 of Young's 23 points actually came on three-pointers. Young competed in the 2004 European tour, where he averaged 7.0 points and 3.2 rebounds. On the last game of the tour, Young scored 21 points against Germany.