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Highly-touted 2013 shooting guard James Young commits to Kentucky

Oct 11, 2012, 5:33 PM EDT

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6-6 shooting guard James Young made the news that many expected to hear official, as he verbally committed on ESPNU to attend Kentucky next fall.

“I will be heading to the University of Kentucky,” said Young on the telecast while holding up a Kentucky t-shirt.

Young is the fourth member of Kentucky’s 2013 class, joining twins Aaron and Andrew Harrison (both are guards) and power forward Derek Willis.

Like the Harrison twins, Young is a Top 10 prospect according to each of the major recruiting websites.

Young, who hails from Troy, Michigan, picked the Wildcats over Michigan State, Kansas and Syracuse.

He’s a 6-6 lefty who can score from anywhere on the floor and his size will allow for the Wildcats to use him at the three, which is likely given the presence of the Harrison twins.

This summer he played with The Family AAU program alongside guards Wes Clark (committed to Missouri) and E.C. Matthews (committed to Rhode Island).

As for Young’s decision to commit to Kentucky, many felt that once he received an offer from the Wildcats back in June it was a matter of “when” as opposed to “if.”

And as was discussed last week when the Harrison twins announced their decision, Kentucky certainly isn’t done with the 2013 class.

Aaron Gordon and Marcus Lee, two very good front court prospects from California, remain on the board as does 6-9 Texan Julius Randle and there’s that Andrew Wiggins quandary (2013 or 2014?) to consider as well.

John Calipari gets another outstanding prospect, and given what the Kentucky program has done both on the floor and in the NBA Draft in recent years that’s unlikely to change anytime soon.

Raphielle is also the assistant editor at and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

  1. bruinpred - Oct 11, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    Has he declared a major?

  2. kingghidora - Oct 11, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    Yeah he has a major. Small forward.

  3. quadya - Oct 11, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    what a scam…paid to play!

  4. imforbigblue - Oct 11, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    lmao haters gonna hate

  5. zetabeta5 - Oct 11, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    I have a GREAT idea…..How about the NBA stopping the use of the one year rule to have colleges serve as a stopping point for one year for outstanding recruits to get some free seasoning…..How to make it happen? Easy….Have some high school potential recruit bring an antitrust law suit against the NBA…If there was ever a scheme in restraint of trade…this is it! After the case is settled by dropping the rule, Calipari can become an NBA recruiter……Young has made a giant mistake….He will not get a lot of playing time…..there are too many sharp elbows…the class is too large and growing…Making him a three starting in college will kill his appeal to the NBA….undersized for banging and no rebounding experience…..sitting makes it worse since coach Cal already has plans at three…Lost to least one year of NBA pay after his freshman year….Poor kid..blinded by the bright lights….That’s why these kids should be able to have business managers in high schhol or at least before signing!

  6. imforbigblue - Oct 12, 2012 at 7:12 AM

    Your a moron MKG played the three all last year and is 6’6 but he’s going to play the two in the NBA and it didn’t Stop him from going #2 in the draft. If your good your good the NBA don’t care what you played in college your Just pissed James didn’t pick your team and is coming to UK. At the end of the day your Just another mad hater Lol.

  7. florida727 - Oct 12, 2012 at 7:36 AM

    “6-6 shooting guard James Young…”

    “He’s a 6-7 lefty who can…”

    Well, what is he, 6’6″ or 6’7″?

    “imforbigblue”, stop being an @$$hole. People don’t hate Kentucky because they win; they hate Kentucky because of ignorant, loud-mouth idiot “fans” like you. Try winning with a little class and humility.

  8. cleonslamminsalmon - Oct 12, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Class and humility doesn’t win championships, however, winning on the court does. Let me guess, you’re one of those people that thinks everybody deserves a trophy for participating. By the way, when was the last time Florida beat UK? Yeah, I don’t remember either.

  9. imforbigblue - Oct 12, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Just because he played SG in high school doesn’t mean he will play that in college. It’s all about what your coach wants you to play but UK already has there PG and SG in the twins so James will get tons if mins at the three and I’m sure some at the two. You see when you have five first rounders on your two you can do anything you want lol

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