Big Blue Madness starts on Friday night but for fans of the Kentucky Wildcats, basketball mania will start on Thursday when James Young announces his choice of where he is going to play college basketball. James Young is one of the top ten players in the class of 2013. Ranked 8th overall by Rivals, he is the second best shooting guard in the class although he can play the position of small forward as well. Essentially, the Cats are getting the two best shooting guards in the class.
The clear consensus from the likes of basketball recruiting analysts Jerry Meyer (24/7 Sports), Evan Daniels (Scout), and Jeff Borzello (CBS) is Kentucky.
After what happened during last week’s ESPN Recruiting Nation special on ESPNU, I wouldn’t expect the announcement to be made in the first half hour of the show. I would, however, expect that the special becomes another de factor recruiting special for the Kentucky Wildcats basketball program.
It’s funny though. All the times that Kentucky fans harp about North Carolina and Duke getting more love, it becomes ironic when the recruiting specials become why these athletes should attend Kentucky. Remember the day that Nerlens Noel announced he would play for Kentucky? That special was followed up by a replay of the 2011 Kentucky-Kansas game! It essentially become a three hour Kentucky Wildcats recruiting special.
In other recruiting news, Emmanuel Mudiay, a 5 star point guard in the class of 2014, was declared as ineligible for his junior year at the Prime Prep Academy. He had transferred from Arlington Grace Prep. The vote by 11-3A district executive committee was 4-1 against his being able to play this season.
Finally, this morning was the Tip-Off Luncheon in Louisville for Kentucky head coach John Calipari.
Calipari touted UK’s success off the court as well as on the court. He noted the team grade-point average of better than 3.0 last season, that nine players had better than a “B” average and that Anthony Davis achieved a 3.7 GPA.