Kentucky basketball held its sixth annual Pro Day on Sunday, but it was a former Wildcat that was trending after an NBA preseason game.
Former Wildcat guard James Young, who plays for Maccabi Haifa of the Israeli Premier League, went off for 31 points in an exhibition matchup against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Young shot 9-20 from the field, including 4-6 from deep while converting on all nine of his free throw attempts. The 6-foot-6 guard also added six rebounds to his stat line, but his team was blown out by the superior NBA squad, falling 123-88 in Memphis.
The 24-year old signed with Maccabi Haifa back in early August after playing in and out of the G League over the last couple of seasons. Young is teammates with a couple of former NBA players; Brandon Rush and Norris Cole.
Young was selected by the Boston Celtics with the No. 17 overall pick back in the 2014 NBA Draft, but he has yet to carve out a consistent role in the Association. Hopefully, this performance will open up the eyes of some pro scouts. For now, he’ll spend the season in Israel.
Young and Maccabi Haifa will play another preseason game later this week, going up against the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 10 p.m. EST.