With the Harrison twins now in the fold, it looks as if 6-foot-6 wing James Young could be the next UK recruit to make a decision.
Young, the No. 5 player for 2013 according to ESPN, visited Lexington for the first time just last week. His godfather, Sean Mahone, told the Herald-Leader on Thursday night that the family could return for Big Blue Madness on Oct. 12.
Although nothing’s official, Mahone said a return trip for UK’s signature pre-season event is “a very good possibility.” (And he put some emphasis on the “very good” part.) The Michigan native also is considering Michigan State, Syracuse and Kansas, and he has been invited to the madness events for those schools.
Mahone said Young would like to take an unofficial visit to Michigan State, although those plans have not been finalized. Either way, Young and his inner circle will sit down sometime before Oct. 12 and figure out the future of his recruitment.
Scout.com analyst Evan Daniels says it might not last much longer.
“There’s a chance James Young could make a decision here in the next couple of weeks,” Daniels said. “… And I would say Kentucky’s probably the leader.”
There’s been past speculation that Young, one of the top scorers during the Nike EYBL league over the summer, wouldn’t want to share the ball — and possibly the shooting guard position — with the Harrisons.
But Mahone said the twins’ commitment will have no bearing on Young’s decision. If anything, it could help UK.
“I’ll tell you one thing: He’s always had exciting things to say about the twins’ games,” Mahone said. “He’s always been very complimentary of what they can do on the court. They have that team perspective. They’re winners.”
As far as sharing playing time, Mahone said Young would have no problem teaming up with several other star players if it meant a shot at a national title.
“James’ game — he’s so unselfish that I think he could play with just about anybody,” he said. “Most of the people say, ‘Oh, he’s a scorer.’ But he’s the consummate team player and he’s so unfelfish.
“James has a lot of respect for (the Harrisons) and has always said it would be exciting to play with other talented players. So it’s one of those scenarios where, if you want to win a championship, you certainly want to be part of a team that has a lot of talent on it.”