Alex Schwartz, Kentucky Recruiting, Michigan State Recruiting, Ohio State Recruiting, Providence Recruiting
KENTUCKY CHECKS OUT JAMES YOUNG AT EYBL – BOO WILLIAMS
by Alex Schwartz
HAMPTON, Va. — In a 2013 class that is very strong at the top, James Young is one of the best of bunch. The 6-foot-5 small forward out of Troy (MI) is an elite scorer and he continues to develop as a player.
NBE Sports spoke with Young on Saturday at the Nike EYBL after he led The Family to a convincing win against the Tennessee Travelers.
Young only listed scholarship offers from just Michigan State, Ohio State and Providence, though he did note that there are a “couple others” he could not remember. Additionally, Young said he is receiving interest from Kentucky.
The Michigander grew up a fan of UK and said that Wildcats are his favorite right now.
“I love the offensive system,” Young said of what appeals to him about UK. “[John] Calipari is a good coach. I like the way they play offense and defense, and it’s a good educational school too.”
Calipari has only been in Lexington, Ky. for three years. So, why did Young like UK growing up even before Coach Cal got there?
“I must watched them growing up,” Young said. “I just always liked them. I liked how their offense is. They like to win [and] that’s something I like to do.”
Calipari was at Young’s game on Saturday night, something that did not go unnoticed by the athletic scorer.
“It means a lot, it’s a blessing,” Young said. “Not every kid gets that.”
Despite his interest in the reigning national champion, Young admits that there is some local pull to go to Michigan State.
“Yeah, I do [feel that],” Young said. “A lot of my friends, family, they want me to say home, attend Michigan State. I don’t know.”
Young, who compares his game to that of James Harden, spoke about the type of player he is.
“My strongest point is definitely getting to the hole,” Young said. “A lot of guys don’t know how to handle [me being left handed].”
Young said that his right hand is the weakest part of his game at this point.