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James Young signs with Israeli pro team

Another former Cat is headed overseas. James Young signed a one-year deal with Maccabi Haifa in the Israeli Premier League.

Last year, Young averaged 18.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game for the Wisconsin Herd in the G-League. Prior to that, he had a two-way contract with the Philadelphia 76ers and their G-League affiliate, the Delaware 87ers. He was drafted by the Boston Celtics in 2014 but struggled with injuries in his rookie season and spent most of it and the following year with the Maine Red Claws.

It’s been a long, strange road for Young, but here’s hoping he can make the most of this opportunity.


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10 Comments for James Young signs with Israeli pro team

  1. StuckinLville
    10:12 am August 9, 2019 Permalink

    If only he stuck around. Glad PJ Washington finally broke that mold. He’s why EJ said he came back.

    • DelrayCat
      10:21 am August 9, 2019 Permalink

      Seems to me it is a darn good thing he left…for him. Going 17th with limited exposure at the college level enabled him to cash in on some decent money. Had he stuck around, in all likelihood he would have been drafted later. This way he made the most money possible for his brief cup of coffee in the NBA before settling into a nice long pro career overseas.

    • J-Dub421
      10:41 am August 9, 2019 Permalink

      James Young did not like being in school. (Nothing against UK, just didn’t like school in general.) He was never going to stay a second year.

    • RC
      12:12 pm August 9, 2019 Permalink

      Depends on you look at this. Google says Young earned $5.2+ million from the Celtics over 3 years. He probably took home $2.6 million after taxes & agents. How much he saved after living expenses is anyone’s guess.
      Young went 17th in the 2015 draft. The 17th pick in the 2016 draft was Wade Baldwin from Vandy (6’4 SG). I have no clue who that is. Denzel Valentine (6’6 SG from Mich St) went 14th. The next highest guard was our own Jamal Murray at 7th. So it’s somewhat fair to speculate that Young’s ceiling for the 2016 draft is somewhere between 8-17, assuming he stayed healthy and played well alongside Murray and Ulis.
      Either way, it would have benefited UK for Young to return for another year. I can’t say whether Murray signs or goes elsewhere if Young had stayed. But Cal is pretty good at getting multiple guards to sign in the same class and play well together on the court.

    • drip or drown 60
      2:17 pm August 9, 2019 Permalink

      Your dates are all off my man

    • CatManDo
      1:15 pm August 9, 2019 Permalink

      One of the more non-Kentucky Kentucky players of the Cal era. Nothing against the guy, with him a ton of luck.

    • UKFanSC
      4:32 pm August 9, 2019 Permalink

      Agreed. Never really connected with him. Never thought he reached his high school hype.

  2. Looother
    4:48 pm August 9, 2019 Permalink

    All I remember about James Young is that he single handily lost Ky a Jan 14, 2014 Arkansas game in which he chose to NOT block out his man resulting in a game winning dunk by Michael Qualls at the buzzer…

    • JT55
      6:50 am August 10, 2019 Permalink

      I remember that game. Jimmy Dykes was all over him that night. He said he’s the worst passer in the SEC.

    • CatFanInDC
      7:30 am August 10, 2019 Permalink

      You must have amnesia about the 2014 run to the title game. Young hit the game-winning shot vs Wichita St and kept UK in the game vs Michigan in the first half.