6’6, 190 ,SF
Scout Ranking: *****, #2 Small Forward, #7 Overall
Rivals Ranking: *****, #9 Small Forward, #9 Overall
ESPN Ranking: *****, #4 Small Forward, #10 Overall
James Young has the misfortune of playing the same position as Jabari Parker, so he won’t get as much publicity as Sports Illustrated’s latest cover boy. But make no mistake about it, Young is a talented athlete and deserves the five star rankings that he is getting across the board.
As of April 26, 2012*, Young is considering Kentucky, UConn, Florida State, Kansas, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Providence. He holds offers from FSU, Michigan State, Kansas and Providence. The other schools may have their sights set on Parker as the #1 option at small forward, but Young should not be ignored.
Young is an explosive scorer and averaged 20 points in just his sophomore season. He is a lefty but is working on being a threat with either hand, something that many young college players struggle with at times. He is a gifted shooter but is not afraid to take it to the rim. His size makes him a difficult match up for guards and other forwards since he has the ability to go inside and outside effectively.
He would be a perfect fit at Kentucky due to his versatility and his uncanny basketball skills. The only thing that seems to be standing in the way of James Young coming to Kentucky is Jabari Parker.
*Updated List Courtesy of ESPN.com