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.