We’re gonna need him to keep this hair if we expect to keep the t-shirt sales up.
Got a little time for a tiny recruiting tidbit? Of course you do! For this we look past Anthony Bennett and Amile Jefferson for just a minute, to the class of 2013. With so much attention in that class going to Jabari Parker and the Harrison twins (Andrew and Aaron), sometimes other targets can be overlooked, when they really shouldn’t be.
Lefty guard James Young is just such a player. You may remember us mentioning him in mid-late April as a player in the 10-20 range, but Jeff Borzello of CBSSports.com says that Young is too good to be left out of the top ten, and will rise to as high as number seven when the new rankings are released before the summer period. He’s the type of versatile, athletic scorer that will cause fits for opponents, with the equal ability to knock down treys as well as drive and get to the rim. His athleticism is “off the charts,” and his size for the position is ridiculous, at 6’6″ and 210 lbs. He’s everything you can like in a shooting guard.
Even better? He likes us, too.
I love their offensive system. [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.
[On Cal’s Visit to His Game:]
It means a lot, it’s a blessing. Not every kid gets that. I watched them growing up. They like to win and that’s something I like to do. I just always liked Kentucky.
Wow. He thinks we’re a good educational school. Nobody tell him.
Of course, it’s not necessarily in the bag, as there’s always the matter of overcoming the “hometown” school. Since Young is from Troy, MI, Tom Izzo is obviously going to be a factor.
A lot of my friends, family, they want me to stay home and attend Michigan State. But I just don’t know.
I haven’t seen a young player speak that highly of UK in a long time, and Young could end up being a part of an increasingly talented 2013 class. I’m excited to hear what his recruitment looks like in the future. But with the anticipated bump in ranking that he’s earned, if he signs alongside Parker and the Harrisons, 2013 could end up resulting in UK getting just an embarrassment of riches.
Just another year for Coach Cal…