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The James Young Announcement Blog

Well, friends, here we are again. Another fall Thursday afternoon, another ESPNU Recruiting TV special with some potential good news for Big Blue Nation. Today, it’s James Young, the fifth-overall player in the ESPN Top 100, who is set to announce his college destination. Young will choose between Kentucky, Michigan State, Kansas and Syracuse, although every recruiting analyst in America believes Kentucky is the only school on Young’s list.

Join KSR for another running blog as we break down the ESPNU special and all of the hype leading up to Young’s announcement. Refresh the page for new posts throughout the next hour and leave comments to join the discussion.

Let’s get to it.

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(4:50 pm)  

We’re 10 minutes away from ESPN Recruiting Nation, the hourlong show that will air James Young’s decision at some point. Since it might get a little boring leading up to the main event, feel free to send tweets or leave comments to get the discussion going. I’ll take the best stuff from the Twitterverse and the comments section and post them in the blog.

See you back here in 10 when things get going.

(5:00 pm)

The show has begun and leading off the program is… football.

Don’t they know it’s basketball season now????

(5:01 pm)

Tough loss for the Reds.

On the bright side, Reds fans can watch the James Young decision instead of worrying about extra innings with the Giants.

(5:06 pm)

ESPN’s Football Recruiting Top 100

#ThingsUKFansDontKnowAbout

(5:09 pm)

KSR reader Greg has one way to follow the announcement if you don’t get ESPNU…

“greg Says:

If you have an IPhone get the watch espn app and enter a bogus email account to get 3 free hours

select verizon fios and then select temporary access! Enjoy!!”

(5:11 pm)

Dave Telep on Young: “We love him. We love him. No. 5 player overall, just oozes versatility. He’s got great size for the wing, he’s left-handed, he can score.”

(5:13 pm)

ESPN Recruiting ranks Derek Willis as the 37th best power forward.

(5:16 pm)

Young is wearing neutral colors: Black suit, black tie with a little purple mixed in.

(5:18 pm)

Was this a goof by the production team?

ESPN went to a close-up after a few seconds.

(5:21 pm)

This host is struggling. Has he been on live television before?

(5:24 pm)

Notre Dame has a really good recru… Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…

(5:25 pm)

James Young announcement coming up after the commercial break, according to the awkward guy in the suit.

(5:28 pm)

Oh, there’s the Indiana buzzer-beater. I forgot all about that.

*polishes ring*

(5:32 pm)

This host is so awkward.

(5:32 pm)

Here we go…

(5:33 pm) 

James Young will go to KENTUCKY!

Young holds up a t-shirt saying KENTUCKY BOUND.

(5:34 pm)

“The Harrison twins are great players and I can’t wait to play with them.”

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

122 Comments for The James Young Announcement Blog



  1. Bob_Barker_RIP
    4:43 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    Cal needs to bring in Johnny Olson from the Price is Right — COOOME ON DOWN!!!



  2. Bob_Barker_Is not Dead
    4:44 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    WTF how am I not dead, I swear I was dead….



  3. Bob_Barker
    4:45 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    See what happens when you leave TV – people assume you are dead…



  4. JoeMoney333
    4:46 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    This would have been more fun if the other 3 schools in this w/ UK were random as hell… UK vs Central Christian Academy vs. North Western Colorado State vs. Southern



  5. MemphisCat
    4:48 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    Young will have 3 hats on the table, one white UK hat, one blue UK hat, and one black UK hat. The question is which hat will he pick to wear?



  6. LexiMan
    4:50 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    What Insight channel ?



  7. Bleaker
    4:50 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    Still pissed that Drew hasnt posted the video of matt trying to open the package at the basketball media interviews.



  8. Link?
    4:51 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    Please…



  9. Isaac in Long Beach
    4:51 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    Just did a twitter search for James Young and opposing fans are already blasting him, including Louisville fans. LMAO.

    One Cards fan even said he’d take Blackshear over ANY UK player. That’s like saying you’d take ten bucks over a hundred just because you don’t have a hundred.



  10. RICK
    4:55 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    9, They dont need to be jealous,they are a football power house now. Cant believe how many to 25 teams they have played this year.



  11. Isaac
    4:55 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    I need a link other than ESPN3.com
    Please and thank you!



  12. KurtInMia
    4:57 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    You mean, we have another hour until his desicion! That is if it is anything like the Harrison Twins announcement. In the meantime we can hear all about Alabamas next football recruiting class! Yay! (Sarcastic yay)



  13. Pu
    4:57 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    11) I looked everywhere for a link to watch the Harrisons’ announcement since I can’t watch espn3 at work. I thought I’d surely be able to find it on justintv, but it wasn’t there, either. I think if it’s on any espn affiliate they block it from everywhere else…



  14. UK wins by 10 biggins
    4:58 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    I’d bet my house on James young commiting to uk if I could. It’s pretty much a done deal. He only visited one school. And that was uk



  15. manlySmell
    5:01 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    I went to Rochester High….that school blows donkey nuts.



  16. Austin In Arizona
    5:01 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    14… I hope you’re correct. His range would be a welcome addition to ANY team. Let’s HOPE he’s wearing blue in Lexington next season.



  17. Scott
    5:02 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    I think we got this, but I thought the twins were going to UM



  18. Yo Believeo
    5:03 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    At this point, I’d be shocked if it wasn’t UK.



  19. BeerCanChicken
    5:03 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    If Young commits to da Cats, imma fix him a big o beercan chicken. Ummmmm, boy dat is some good eats!



  20. Richard Hedd
    5:03 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    Apparently Young needs to work on his ball handling.



  21. trav
    5:03 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    any streams pleas!!



  22. UK wins by 10 biggins
    5:03 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    If you have an IPhone get the watch espn app and enter a bogus email account to get 3 free hours



  23. bart
    5:04 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    we all know he’s comin’, now let’s start talking about this year’s team, we have quickly forgotten about them. since the twins have signed we have the wait till next year mentality. what about this year? let’s talk about #9 before we get jacked up for #10!! hopefully cal uses this as a motivator for #9! the show ’em who we are this year motivation!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  24. NotFirst
    5:04 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    Was someone trying to cook up some penicillin in the Louisville dorms for Rick? Heard they are covered in mold…



  25. Joe in Nevada
    5:07 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    The mold was from Karen Sypher



  26. Aaron Craft's Rosacea
    5:07 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    Cho K e



  27. UKFaniac
    5:07 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    Since when do you have to sign in with your cable provider to watch something on espn3?!?!?!



  28. Scaed
    5:07 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    Anyone have link to watch/



  29. Joe in Nevada
    5:07 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    Ditto that



  30. link
    5:09 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink


  31. #8
    5:09 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    #4 you are confusing UK basketball recruiting with UK football recruiting. FB announcements are when you hear those type of schools. 🙁



  32. greg
    5:09 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    If you have an IPhone get the watch espn app and enter a bogus email account to get 3 free hours

    select verizon fios and then select temporary access! Enjoy!!



  33. Joe in Nevada
    5:09 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    What time is he supposed to make his announcement?



  34. carter
    5:09 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    @23 Noel sucks and is In eligible. Only Alex and Archie ate good the rest of the team wouldn’t make a team anywhere else.



  35. Bobbum man
    5:11 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    34- and how would u know what Alex and Archie ate???



  36. carter
    5:12 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    @35 are not ate u know what I mean fool.



  37. Aaron Harrison Sr.
    5:12 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    The report that James Young might pick UK is not true!



  38. thewaitfor8
    5:13 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    Anyone think James Young resembles Kal Penn from Harold & Kumar?



  39. AD's Uni
    5:13 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    James Young’s hair will need it’s own twitter account as well….



  40. thenamerobdigity
    5:13 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    @34 How did Alex and Archie ate good? I trust your basketball evaluations as much as I trust your spelling.



  41. Chris
    5:13 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    34 YOUR AN IDIOT
    37 LOL



  42. UKFaniac
    5:14 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    Ooops…. the monitor between the two showed the UK logo



  43. Brad
    5:14 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    Did you just see the UK graphic when they came back to Telep, and then did a quick close up. I think someone just put up the UK graphic prematurely



  44. Bobbum man
    5:16 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    Does Jai Lucas announce before or after?



  45. BobKYCats
    5:16 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t worry, 23. We all know this year is the Drive for 9.



  46. RYNO
    5:17 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    Thanks for the condolences- To JaxTeller and Kidnut who said they were heading to GABP, drink about 5 for me.



  47. tooblueforyou
    5:17 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    The McDs game next year will be loaded with UK players, and loaded with other players who wish they could go to UK.



  48. BlueFins
    5:18 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    Can you imagine how depressing it must be to be a Cardinal and have to feign excitement over recruits like Terry Rozier. That poor kid has to spend a year in prep school, at least 4 years at UL, and for what? Well, at least he’ll have an education.



  49. Haha
    5:18 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    I love that they have to go over all the other schools like they really have a chance…



  50. MAUIwildcat
    5:18 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    22. how does that work? without an account and password that doesnt match



  51. Kneel
    5:19 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    Brandon Stockton picked the Cats!!



  52. Barry Hussein
    5:20 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    While we wait for youngs decision. Tony Parker’s announcement has just finished up.



  53. thenamerobdigity
    5:20 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    Why did UK pick up Derek Willis?



  54. Shampoo
    5:20 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    That UK logo they put behind Telep and Biancardi may be pretty telling. You know ESPN has to the choice so they can have the graphic ready.



  55. checkmyswag
    5:20 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    Too bad Nerlens reclassified, 2013 class would somehow be even better next year…



  56. UKBlues
    5:21 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    that Calipari money will continue to get all the best players, until the NCAA catches up with him (again)



  57. Fake Lou Holtz
    5:21 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    Notre Dame? Thish ith my kind of show.



  58. lexslamman
    5:22 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t know what we’re going to do if we can’t get Beaz Hamga and KC Ross-Miller on campus.



  59. thewaitfor8
    5:23 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    #56 Lol, you mad bro?



  60. Brad
    5:23 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    Please leave 56. Your fact-less claims are not welcomed here



  61. chris
    5:23 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    #56 troll.



  62. Rae
    5:23 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    56. If you have proof Cal pays players, Thameltoe would love to hear it.



  63. Isaac in Long Beach
    5:23 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    56 And I will keep L-ing MAO at you losers who wish you could be us, until you A) prove the bullshit you for whatever reason keep trying to peddle, or B) die.



  64. Shampoo
    5:24 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    Hunter Bivin another Kentucky kid Joker missed on. Headed to Notre Dame as this show just reminded me. A positive for the basketball team is always followed by a negative from the football side.



  65. Brad
    5:24 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    53 Willis was much higher rated prior to the summer and took a tumble. I think he will bounce back and regardless will be a good 3/4 year guy for UK



  66. ThankfulCat
    5:24 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    #56

    5’8″
    425 pounds

    DING!!!!



  67. UKFaniac
    5:25 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    I’m going to go to Danny Jett’s Inner circle for my recruiting coverage.



  68. UKFaniac
    5:25 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    What do you bet grand mama’s is wearing a uk shirt under that gray trench coat of a thing she is wearing



  69. Greg
    5:26 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    #50 select fios and then an option pops up for temporary use, use your e-mail and your in!



  70. chief
    5:29 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    tuned in at 525. Knew they would be milking this.



  71. St. Paul Raiders
    5:29 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    ESPN producers STILL have a hard-on for that IU clip.



  72. JV
    5:30 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    Damn, I love college basketball



  73. lexslamman
    5:30 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t watch these recruiting shows, I just keep an eye on twitter and KSR when an announcement happens. The recruiting shows are 40 minutes of fluff between commercials and 4 minutes of the actual announcement.



  74. chief
    5:30 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    Oscar and Drew Franklin got a ring? Matt is going to shit a brick.



  75. Louisville Fan
    5:30 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    If he goes to UK then there needs to be an investigation into PayPal Cal and the University of Kentucky CheatingCats.

    Look who’s going to be ranked hire this time! Just wait until 12/29/12 the Cards are gettin revenge and going unbeaten, write it down.



  76. okso
    5:31 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    Oh theres the 5:28 blog entry *edits entry*



  77. chief
    5:32 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    Just say Kentucky.



  78. Uk wins by 10 biggins
    5:33 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    He looks like Scottie pippen. We got a lot of good well spoken kids



  79. JCPostel
    5:33 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    @75 clever. Why aren’t you on the Louisville blog waiting to hear about whats his na– …oh. Right.



  80. lexslamman
    5:33 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    Three top 10 recruits in 1 week. Not bad, Calipari.



  81. BobWowzer
    5:33 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    Louisville Fan, you’re right. The cards will be listed for hire because they won’t be playing in the NBA. You are smarter than you look.



  82. Louisville Fan
    5:33 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    That’s it the NCAA needs to launch an investigation, they are cheaters!



  83. GoBigBlueSusieQ
    5:33 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    It’s higher not hire #75. That Louisville degree did you proud.



  84. BlueFins
    5:34 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    Tardinal #75 “Hire”, really? Is that how they spell it in the West End?



  85. okso
    5:35 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    Thanks Drew



  86. freethrow
    5:35 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    #75, You can “hire” any lawyer you want,best in the nation even, and will find no more dirt on Coach Cal than the NCAA has, which is zero.
    Suck it up and be the little brother you’ll always be. 🙂



  87. BigBlue1976
    5:35 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    Nice spelling there 75. That would be “higher”. Are u jealous now?!



  88. Louisville Hood rat
    5:35 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    I get “hire” all the time……..



  89. UKFaniac
    5:35 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    3 of the Top 5 recruits with a few more from the Top 10 on the way!!!



  90. TJ
    5:36 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    Cats!!!



  91. Bobby
    5:36 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    Is there any way we can ban these retarded Loserville fans from here?



  92. bdown
    5:36 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    First of all, #75 has a really cute attempt at spelling “higher” lol! James Young come on down!



  93. 9time
    5:36 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    Team just got a little more YOUNG!! Wow #9time here we come.



  94. Han
    5:37 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    Welcome to Big Blue Nation!



  95. Louisville Hood rat
    5:37 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    I will now use my EBT card to get some Colt 45………



  96. hire
    5:38 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    dont forget when louisville was struggleing to put up 50 on south florida and providence, they are overrated, everyones going off the hot run they had at the end until they played a real team



  97. Louisville Fan
    5:39 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    Looks like PayPal Cal gets it done again. I will wait to see them banners come down. Thirty wins per season vacated when the NCAA finds them check stubs.



  98. schwing
    5:39 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    9time, i think you mean #10.



  99. 3cats
    5:39 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    #75 Not sure you can write…… when Cal out works every coach then he is a cheater. How about this, He gets it!



  100. Louisville Fan
    5:39 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    Damn, I am really stupid.



  101. chief
    5:39 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    What’s up with the shirt? Signature and all… Custom or Retail. Is that legal. Nike and ESPN better not have screwed this up for us.



  102. schwing
    5:40 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    louisville fan, it was 38 wins last season. including two over louisville.



  103. hire
    5:40 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    97. he doesnt have to, unlike your coach who knows a thing or two about paying players



  104. Louisville Fan
    5:42 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    I really didn’t know how dumb I really was till you guys pointed it out to me. Around my friends, I am the smart one.



  105. Louisville Fan
    5:44 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    You all can have them top 5 recruits and the Cards will still beat you with Behanan, Blackshear and Dieng. Y’all got nothin on us.



  106. Louisville fan
    5:47 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    Coach cal has cheeted again! He payes these kids to go to Kentucky and Ricky P does it the rite way since hes rated hire as a coach! We got Peyton Siva who is better then Jon wall and will hav us undefeeted this seesun you’ll see. Now if you’ll excuse me I have a line beard that needs tending to….



  107. Rupp Arena Staff
    5:48 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    97 – You are correct. We will like have to take down the banners. We wll need to move them closer together in order to make room for the ones that are coming soon.



  108. hire
    5:48 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    👨 high, im matt jones
    |
    |—–👍
    |
    |8=👊=D💦
    | \ 😓
    | \—o|o
    | |
    👟 |_____👠



  109. Bobbum man
    5:50 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    Yea but why is the ladies show so far away?



  110. Bobbum man
    5:51 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    Looks more like Ricky P



  111. Rupp Arena Staff
    5:53 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    One thing for sure, bet Louisville Fan isn’t on his high school debate team.



  112. Isaac
    5:55 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t know why Andrew said that if Coach Cal tells him to call other recruits he will.. that doesn’t sound like something Cal could do. Maybe I’m just being a worry wart.



  113. Brad
    5:56 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    105 – nothing on you?
    All time record 30 to 14 in favor of Kentucky
    Since 1999-2000 10 to 4 in favor of Kentucky
    Beat you twice last year including a final four victory
    Won the national title this year
    Have won the title 3 times since UL won it
    The two largest lob sided wins belong to UK
    Kentucky, 91—57 (1948) Kentucky 85-51 (1986)
    Two longest win streaks belong to UK
    twice 5 games in a row – longest streak UL has had 2 games
    Current win steak 4 soon to be 5

    What else does UK have to do to have something on you?



  114. hire
    5:57 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    the gitl that was supposed to be jerrkin him got all spaced around or somethin when i submitted it



  115. Bobbum man
    5:58 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    105- you just got served!!!!



  116. hire
    6:02 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    👊 =D💦👨im a uofL fan
    \ |
    \——-|
    |
    |
    |_____👠



  117. let me take you hirer
    6:22 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    Dose anybdiy no ifs windies iz highering?



  118. Bobbum man
    6:36 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    They are… If u can start immediately then ur highered!!!



  119. Louisville Fan
    7:27 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    Yeah Brad just wait to see who has that title in 2013. You will cry when the WildCheaters go out in the first round and then are on probation. Will you all hang a banner for that too?



  120. Calm down
    8:19 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    112… There’s nothing wrong with getting your current committed players to recruit other players. What, is the NCAA gonna say they aren’t allowed to speak with their peers? This is amurrica



  121. bsquared
    10:29 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    119. UK will have the title in 2013 and 2014, so a three-peat is on the way…….write it down



  122. theSkinny81
    10:36 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    119 – yeah, remind us how those first round exits feel….