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X marks the spot up shooter

james young

For the Wildcat faithful, Big Blue Madness started months ago when the thought of possibly having the greatest recruiting class in history came to fruition. Names like the Harrison twins and Julius Randle have sent the Big Blue Nation into a frenzy of excitement for the upcoming season in the Bluegrass.

Not to mention Coach Cal signed three more top 25 recruits in James Young, Dakari Johnson and Marcus Lee. Just in case that’s not enough, two pivotal players from last years team are still on campus as Alex Poythress and Willie Cauley-Stein look to step up into leadership roles for Kentucky.

But the question still remains as to who will be the X factor for Kentucky. Who will carry the team when the Cats are struggling? Who will take the big shot when the game comes down to the wire in a hostile game on the road? The two clearest choices appear to be Andrew Harrison and Julius Randle. Harrison would seem like a good fit with his great basketball IQ and maturity while Randle is just a freak of nature opposing teams will surely dread.

James Young on the other hand has seemed to fly a bit under the radar. He is likely going to be the sixth man for the Cats, which will provide an aggressive and reliable scoring source off the bench.

James Young appears to be the purest scorer Coach Calipari has brought to Lexington this year with the silky smooth southpaw stroke and ability to find the open spot. Young is by no means a stranger to the paint either with rim rattling dunks and amazing rebounding performances night after night.

When you pack all those skills into one 6’5” scoring machine that also possesses great confidence in shooting with a hunger for the ball in key moments of the game, you have yourself the X factor for the 2013-2014 Wildcats.

(h/t ukrecruiting.bloginky.com)

Article written by Cody Daniel

12 Comments for X marks the spot up shooter



  1. Aleck
    10:28 am September 19, 2013 Permalink

    I agree with you man. I think when the team is in trouble he’ll be the one to bring them out. Great article!!!



  2. Jeff
    11:03 am September 19, 2013 Permalink

    I think there will be many times that we see Harrison, Harrison, Young, Randle, and WCS in the lineup together and down the stretch in game-deciding minutes….



  3. Andy Keating
    11:04 am September 19, 2013 Permalink

    Awesome article! It got me excited for basketball season and I can’t wait to see this team play!



  4. Julio
    12:03 pm September 19, 2013 Permalink

    Couldn’t agree more man, he’s got a smooth stroke and has a nice pull up. Great article



  5. Tyler
    1:34 pm September 19, 2013 Permalink

    No doubt Young could be a key part of our offense this year. Nice article Mr. Daniel



  6. Justin
    2:05 pm September 19, 2013 Permalink

    Players that fly under the radar tend to surprise us the most! Nice article.



  7. Fredrick Briley
    4:32 pm September 19, 2013 Permalink

    Awesome article man. Can’t wait for the season to start



  8. specialetta
    5:44 pm September 19, 2013 Permalink

    Love that we have him and Randel that are left handed. Harder to guard.



  9. andrew wise
    8:21 pm September 19, 2013 Permalink

    Definitely agree with you cody james young will be a big part in uk’s 9th national championship. Great article man.



  10. Leah
    10:15 pm September 19, 2013 Permalink

    So looking forward to basketball season after reading this article! Looks like it is going to be a great year.



  11. Michael
    5:24 pm September 20, 2013 Permalink

    I completely agree. James young will play a bigger role this year then people think. Don’t sleep on my dude. Great article. BBN!!!!!



  12. Lincoln Day
    8:52 am September 21, 2013 Permalink

    Nice!