After another half-hour long football recruiting special on ESPNU, the announcement everyone was waiting to hear came, as 5-star small forward/shooting guard James Young announced his commitment to the University of Kentucky. He did so by pulling out a blue shirt that had Young’s signature and read “Kentucky Bound.”
Young on UK:
I always dreamed of going to a place like that. When I went on a visit there, I loved it.
Young, a 6-foot-6 wing out of Rochester High School in Troy, Michigan is ranked by ESPN as the #5 recruit in the class of 2013, and was also considering Syracuse, Michigan State, and Kansas.
And the ESPN Scouting Report via ESPN Insider:
An explosive left handed scorer with a legit long range jumper beyond the arc out to 22%u2019. To be considered the best at this position one cannot get ready to score the basketball one must be ready to score the basketball. Young possesses that mind set which puts tremendous pressure on any defense. His frame is long and lanky while his dribble is low and quick which allows him to beat his man. Once inside the painted area his soft touch and body control with length makes him finish or get to the free throw line where he shoots a high percentage. Young is an able rebounder with his strong body and athletic ability. He has the ability to take over games offensively and has a solid skill package.
James needs to be more consistent with his effort. Developing a dominant demeanor throughout the entire game. Right now his strength and athletic ability are generally too much for his opponent but that can change as players get older, bigger and stronger.
Scout ranking: #8
ESPN ranking: #5
MaxPreps ranking: #6
24/7 ranking: #9
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