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Who is James Young?

James Young
6’6”
210 lbs.
Rochester, Michigan
Rochester High School

 

Rivals.com: No. 8 player overall, No. 2 shooting guard**

ESPN Recruiting: No. 5 player overall, No. 2 shooting guard**

Scout.com: No. 7 player overall, No. 2 shooting guard**

(** Behind Aaron Harrison)

 

ESPN Recruiting Report…

Strengths:
An explosive left handed scorer with a legit long range jumper beyond the arc out to 22%u2019. To be considered the best at this position one cannot get ready to score the basketball one must be ready to score the basketball. Young possesses that mind set which puts tremendous pressure on any defense. His frame is long and lanky while his dribble is low and quick which allows him to beat his man. Once inside the painted area his soft touch and body control with length makes him finish or get to the free throw line where he shoots a high percentage. Young is an able rebounder with his strong body and athletic ability. He has the ability to take over games offensively and has a solid skill package.

Weaknesses:
James needs to be more consistent with his effort. Developing a dominant demeanor throughout the entire game. Right now his strength and athletic ability are generally too much for his opponent but that can change as players get older, bigger and stronger.

Bottom Line:
He is special because he contributes to his team even when he is not scoring which makes him even more valuable. For example he possesses a feel and vision for when to score and when to keep the ball moving. This is evident by how he passese the ball quickly and early when reading his defender and a defense. He has high level athletic ability and solid skill. Everyone loves those players that can just “go get you a bucket” and Mr. Young is one of those players.

 

Scout.com Recruiting Report…

James Young has developed into one of the top all around scorers in the 2013 class. Young, who stands every bit of 6-foot-5, has good size and is an impressive athlete. His jump shot off the catch is consistent and the southpaw finds ways to get to the basket. There are still areas for improvement like his ball handling and strength, but Young has the potential to be a McDonald’s All-American.

 

Considering: Kentucky, Michigan State, Kansas and Syracuse

 

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Article written by Drew Franklin

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

17 Comments for Who is James Young?



  1. BigMoney
    4:12 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    I think we get him for $50,000! Go Cats!



  2. UK AG ALUM
    4:18 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    Does anybody know which channel DirecTv will be carrying BBM on ?



  3. nassau65
    4:19 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    1. money well spent, troll.
    ’13 is shaping up quickly! In Cal we trust. It just keeps gett’n better.



  4. dirtybird
    4:21 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    he aint no blackshare



  5. Bluebonic
    4:28 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    He really reminds you of Tayshaun when you watch him. Young may be more aggressive. But, if he gets that right to left behind the back dribble Tayshuan has he will be deadly, cause he is already hard to guard being left handed and with the frame they talk about he is intimidating. God i hope we get him, he will be so hard to guard with help from the rest of his other talented UK team mates taking the focus off him.



  6. Maverick
    4:31 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    You didn’t steal this from ESPN insider did ya Drew?



  7. anybody
    4:34 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    live feed?



  8. Smith Bay
    4:36 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    Gotta love Cal. Who knows what kinda class we get from here on, but I’m guessing he’s guessing WCS or Kyle will hang around an extra year. Fwiw, I could actually see Kyle hanging around 4 years – his family has money and he’s having the time of his life (and he knows it).



  9. balls
    4:37 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    So is he going to play the wing for us?



  10. Doug
    4:40 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    BigMoney must be a disgruntled UofL fan! If Rick wasn’t trying to get his “balls” off in an Italian restaurant, he might be able to keep up in recruiting!!!!



  11. Bob_Barker_RIP
    4:41 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

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



  12. Greg
    4:56 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    4) You’re right. He’s much, much better



  13. MemphisCat
    4:56 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    Can anyone else say a 2nd coming of Tay Prince? I know he won’t stay that long if he comes to UK, but his shooting form is like the Prince.



  14. chris
    4:56 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    I love that his only weakness is Coach cal’s strength. Motivation.



  15. 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



  16. Mcmermaid
    5:22 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    How do we use 2 top 5 shooting guards?



  17. morse
    5:28 pm October 11, 2012 Permalink

    Did an eight year old write the Scout.com review of James Young? Sure reads like it.