Kentucky Wildcats Basketball 2013-14 Preview: #1 James Young

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#1 James Young

Freshman – G

6’6 215

Rochester Hills, Michigan

Before UK

James Young has showed many people that he can play in high school. To tell you just how good he played, he put up 27 points, 16 rebounds, five steals and five assists per game. Those numbers can get you somewhere right out of high school, and James young chose to be apart of the incoming greats of freshmen from the Class of 2013 to play for the Kentucky Wildcats. James also racked up many awards while playing ball in Michigan. He was named the Class A Player of the Year in Michigan, along with the season’s MLive.com Metro Detroit Player of the Year, and a McDonalds All-American. Young has been named MVP of the Nike Global Challenge and has played apart of the Jordan Classic in the past year. With all that he’s done, he has more experience than the typical freshmen might have encountered. This guy is a complete all-around scorer with a great catch – and – shoot ability. He provides a creative scene while playing, using his speed and athleticism to get by defenders. The defensive side of things look strong as well. The quick feet and hands of his are an important part of what it takes to play college ball.

RANKINGS:

ESPN ***** #3 (SF)

Rivals ***** #3 (SF)

WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2013-14

 James Young is coming into Lexington to play for one of, if not the bet, college basketball programs of all time. He is very relaxed and poised when playing in big time games. I expect James Young to provide a lot for the team on offense with his jump shots and ability to take it straight to the rim. I also expect great things from defense. Coach Calipari is going to stress defense for every new group of guys that come in and are ready to play. I don’t see why James can’t get a few blocks and steals every game, along with a majority of everyone else for being the tallest team in the country. James will be a solid player in his role with the team, and I think he is one of the most under-looked players on the team. People are going to be really impressed with how much James can find ways to score in many given situation. I guarantee the fact that people with be more impressed with James than they thought they would be.

My prediction:

14 PPG, 3 RPG, 1.5 SPG, 2.5 APG, 20-25 MPG

 

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