After some confusion as to whether or not James Young would actually be able to make it to UK for an unofficial visit this weekend,Zagsblog confirms that he will, in fact, be on campus.
Young tweeted yesterday that he planned on visiting, but there were concerns that, because the visit would be unofficial, he might have difficulty making it. Unlike official visits, where the school is allowed to provide for travel and accommodations, unofficial visits are funded entirely by the student and his family, which can obviously be a hassle. However, Young’s godfather Sean Mahone says that “Yes, we are taking an unofficial visit.” Mahone added:
We haven’t taken any visits whatsoever. Over the past week and a half we’ve had an opportunity to go through the home visit process. The other schools were here, which gave us an opportunity to get to know those programs and coaching staffs much better. Now it’s time to take the next step and get on campus and see firsthand what the schools have to offer and this is that first step. And because of the proxmiity of Kentucky, this is a great opportunity for us to take advantage and go visit Kentucky.
It’s a good sign to see that Young, a Michigan native, is choosing Kentucky as his first college campus visit. However, we shouldn’t expect anything dramatic to happen over the weekend (unless somebody sneaks in a keg to the tailgate area at Commonwealth). Mahone says that he “would not expect [a commitment] to happen” during the visit. Mahone is also the source that claimed Young would have no problem playing with other elite players, should several decide to all attend UK:
You play with Wiggins, you play with the Harrison twins, you play with Julius Randle, I would envision an up-and-down game and an opportunity for people who pose a threat from the outside to be able to given that opportunity.
I kinda like this Sean Mahone guy.
Young has only gotten better and better as the recruiting season has gone on, and there’s no indication that he won’t end his senior year a top ten, possibly top five prospect nationally. Many suspect that he will be the second domino to fall in Kentucky’s 2013 recruiting class. After cutting his list to Kentucky and Syracuse, things continue to look promising with the 6’5″ guard/forward. Should he enjoy himself on his visit (and who wouldn’t?), it’s possible that he could commit before the Harrisons announce later in October.