James Young‘s sensational summer continued in Washington, D.C. on Sunday.
The 2013 star scored 29 points to lead the USA Midwest team to a 100-86 victory over Canada in the championship game of the Nike Global Challenge. Young, who has a scholarship offer from UK and says the Cats are his current favorite, was 5-for-10 from three-point range, grabbed 10 rebounds and was named MVP of the American players in attendance.
Young averaged 18.5 points and 6.3 rebounds in four games this weekend. The USA Midwest team won all four contests by double digits. Joining Young on the U.S. all-tournament team were Theo Pinson, Nigel Williams-Goss, Sindarius Thornwell, Bobby Portis and UK target Troy Williams. Canada’s Andrew Wiggins, another UK target, was co-MVP on the international all-tournament team after recording 24 points, 7 rebounds and four steals in the title game.
Young told Scout.com earlier in the week that Kentucky is “the team to beat” in his recruitment. The 6-foot-6 wing is planning to visit Lexington in August and said if the trip goes well he could see himself committing to the Cats within a couple of weeks. UK coach John Calipari flew to Washington to attend the Global Challenge immediately after coaching his Dominican national team against Team USA on Thursday night.
Young is ranked No. 5 in 2013 by ESPN, and No. 8 by Rivals, Scout and 24/7 Sports. He’s also considering Kansas, Michigan State, Arizona and Ohio State. He’ll rejoin his AAU team for the Nike Peach Jam finals, which start Thursday in North Augusta, S.C. Several UK targets will participate in that event, including Wiggins, Williams, Julius Randle, Kennedy Meeks, Johnathan Williams III and Dakari Johnson.