In this week’s pre-game conference, John Robic made it clear he isn’t using the ‘these are young kids’ excuse to explain their mess-ups on the court. Robic said while at times the players are good, they have their lapses.
“They have their lapses, like all young kids do,” he said. “But these kids aren’t really that young anymore. We’re almost two-thirds of the way through.”
Robic was particularly referring to James Young and Aaron Harrison and their progression as perimeter defenders. Of course, he referenced the pair’s performance in the Arkansas game and compared it to Tennessee.
“If we can minimize them stopping, and play entire possessions and come out when they’re tired. We don’t need a breakdown like what we did at Arkansas. We pointed that out to them on film and they improved against Tennessee”
Reviewing film seemed to help the two as their game improved when they faced Tennessee this past Saturday. James Young’s shooting inconsistency is another problem Robic found unsettling, but he did have advice on how he believes it can be fixed.
“Get in the gym and practice. I mean, the big thing with James is having his shoulders, keeping them, not having them back,” he said. “He’s a good shooter. I know he’s not shooting at the percentage that he would like.”
Here are Young’s shooting stats for the last four games:
v. Tennessee FG%- .333 3P%- .400 PTS- 8
v. Arkansas FG%- .471 3P%- .333 PTS- 23
v. Vanderbilt FG%- .200 3P%- .143 PTS- 6
v. Mississippi St. FG%- .444 3P%- .300 PTS- 26
Young loves to play the ball behind the line, but one could argue he is just settling. While Young has a good 3-point shooting, he also needs to be more diverse in his ability to drive to the basket in the paint. Another issue seen constantly with Young is letting go of the ball too quickly and not letting the clock run down.
It is clear Young has the knowledge to be a part of the Kentucky Wildcats. That is apparent from the way he was able to adjust for his second three-pointer in overtime against Arkansas.
While, Young might be inconsistent, he gets the job done when it is needed. Robic stated they still have ‘all the confidence in the world for him’ based on his big shot against Arkansas.
Maybe it is all this “clutter” Cal keeps talking about that is bugging James. Clutter seems to be Cal’s go to word this season.
“Yeah. Before practice he talks about it every day,” Young said. “it’s just something we have to learn to block out and just focus on basketball.”