As expected, top-10 prospect James Young picks Kentucky
Surprise, surprise -- Kentucky landed another top-10 prospect on Thursday. This time, it was James Young, a supremely talented lefthander from Michigan.
|It was only a matter of time before top-10 prospect James Young pulled the trigger and chose Kentucky. (Nike)|
Another week, another top-10 prospect makes his college decision on national television – and yet another elite player chooses Kentucky.
One week after John Calipari’s Wildcats landed top-five twins Andrew and Aaron Harrison, small forward James Young made his announcement. To no one’s surprise, the No. 7-ranked prospect in the class of 2013 picked Kentucky.
"I will be headed to the University of Kentucky," Young said, pulling out a Kentucky shirt.
Young, a 6-foot-6 scoring swingman from Rochester (Mich.), also had Michigan State, Syracuse and Kansas in his final four. However, Kentucky had been the heavy favorite in Young’s recruitment since the Wildcats made a serious move on him in the spring.
“I love their offensive system,” Young told CBSSports.com over the summer. “[John] Calipari is a good coach. I like the way they play offense and defense; they get up and down the floor. It’s a good educational school, too.”
It really was only a matter of time before Young made it official.
“I watched them growing up,” Young said at the time. “They like to win, and that’s something I like to do. I just always liked Kentucky.”
Young’s stock blew up playing for The Family during the Elite Youth Basketball League in the spring and summer. He ranked third in scoring, averaging 18.5 points in 20 games. Over the summer, though, Young took that to another level. He averaged 21.5 points and 8.5 rebounds during six games at the Peach Jam, shooting better than 46 percent from 3-point range.
The lefthander has tremendous athleticism, and he loves to make plays in transition. He uses his length to play the passing lanes effectively, turning defense into offense. Young is difficult to contain in a half-court setting too, given his 3-point accuracy and ability to get to the rim off the dribble.
Young is the fourth member of Kentucky’s 2013 class, joining the aforementioned Harrison twins and local product Derek Willis. So far, Calipari has nabbed three of the top seven players in the country – and he’s not even close to done. No. 5-ranked Julius Randle has the Wildcats on his final list of six, and four-star forward Marcus Lee is choosing between them and California. Of course, that doesn’t include No. 1 junior Andrew Wiggins, who is expected to reclassify into 2013.
As we said last week, Calipari could be headed for his best recruiting class ever – which, given his unbelievable recruiting success, is certainly saying something.
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