Just a week ago, we were celebrating Harrison Twins Day, which by all means worked out well for us, if I do say so myself. Partly because I’m excited to hear James Young’s announcement this evening at 5 pm, and partly because I’m extremely superstitious, it would be downright irresponsible to ignore “James Young Day” today.
When the first domino falls, it’s only a matter of time until the others come cascading down as well, and while today’s announcement likely lacks the suspense that the Harrisons managed to cultivate, that doesn’t make it less exciting for folks who have followed Young’s recruitment over the last several months. Young maintained a spot in the Top 100 throughout his junior year, but really exploded over the summer on his circuit, wowing scouts with his ability and athleticism. That increased visibility earned him a consensus top-ten spot in the big recruiting services, and the #5 spot at ESPN. Let’s take a moment to remind ourselves what the lefty is capable of:
James is a guy who, as you can see, is able to score from anywhere on his half of the court (and possibly the other half, too). I particularly like 1:43. Throwing him in a backcourt, or out on the wing, with the Harrison twins already looks like it has the potential to bring about weeping and gnashing of teeth throughout the SEC. Billy D. is bringing in some good talent (and his son), but even the touted Florida backcourts wouldn’t be able to sniff these guys.
The two big players in Young’s recruitment to this point have been Kentucky and Michigan State, but considering Cal’s heavy involvement, and the fact that Young went to Troy High School (making it unlikely that he’d want to be a Spartan) (…history joke), most are suspecting this decision to be pretty one-sided. Evan Daniels, Adam Zagoria, and others have pretty much ceded that if he picks another destination, they’d be shocked. Even news sources in Detroit are already calling this one for the Wildcats. That’s no reason not to watch his announcement, as we inevitably will, but I think we can relax a little more throughout the day this week. Enjoy it, soak it up, and get to a TV by 5.
So just one week after Harrison Twins Day, Big Blue Nation gets a second, surprising holiday. As James said so eloquently himself:
Today’s my day!! ðŸ€ðŸ€ðŸ€ðŸ€
– James Young (@James__Young) October 11, 2012
Yes it is, Mr. Young. Yes. It. Is. And should you make the right call, you can expect to see your 2,671 followers go up. Just a little.