James Young to announce decision Thursday

 Posted by at 10:52 AM on October 10, 2012
Oct 102012

Michigan native James Young is one of the top players in the class of 2013
Photo: Vaughn Gurganian | The Oakland Press

Another week, another big announcement from a top prospect in the class of 2013.

UK recruit James Young will announce his college decision during ESPNU’s Recruiting Nation program Thursday at 5 p.m. Young is the No. 5 overall player in the class, according to ESPN.

The 6-foot-6 wing from Troy, Mich., visited Kentucky last month, his first unofficial visit to any of the schools on his list. Young had planned an unofficial visit to Michigan State, but it’s unclear whether he made that trip. He has not visited Syracuse or Kansas, his other two finalists.

Young’s godfather, Sean Mahone, talked to the Herald-Leader last Thursday about Young’s recruitment and the commitment of the Harrison twins.

Mahone said a return visit to UK for Big Blue Madness was “a very good possibility,” even though he had not visited any other schools on his list. Mahone said they also were invited to attend madness events at Michigan State, Kansas and Syracuse.

Scout.com analyst Evan Daniels said last week that Kentucky was “probably the leader” for Young, even after the commitment of the Harrisons, who are regarded as the two best guards from the class of 2013.

Mahone said Young’s primary goal in college would be to win a national championship. He said his godson would have no problem sharing playing time with the Harrison twins to meet that objective.

“James’ game — he’s so unselfish that I think he could play with just about anybody,” Mahone said. “Most of the people say, ‘Oh, he’s a scorer.’ But he’s the consummate team player and he’s so unselfish.

“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.”


  8 Responses to “James Young to announce decision Thursday”

  1. I would love to see James pick the Cats, you can tell by his godfathers comments that he is a true team player and I feel he will be a great asset to Kentucky. If he chooses the Cats I bet even though he is a top ten player and a first round draft choice that he will hate making that decision to turn pro once he feels the love from the BBN. Well James hope your wearing a Kentucky uniform next year.

  2. Welcome to UK, James.

  3. as a fellow Michigander a UK alum and former Cat (freshman ’68) graduated ’73 Big Blue Nation would love to see you become a part of this great tradition.

  4. I also hope James signs with the Cats..I believe he will…If Randle and a couple more fall into place,there will be no doubt this will be the best class EVER…I believe the KENTUCKY EFFECT is in full swing..It is GREAT to be a UK fan!!!

  5. Bring it to the ‘BBN’! Go Big Blue!!!

  6. As Coach Cal says… Kentucky basketball is not for every player. James it looks as if you know you belong, Good Luck to you and next years’ team.

  7. My dad was a Michigan native and we have family in Troy & Trenton, but he fell in love with Kentucky basketball when he moved to the bluegrass. I was raised in a Big Blue environment and can honestly tell you that you will be welcomed and be a part of the BBN family forever. There is nothing like it anywhere!

  8. Come on James we need more championships at Cat Tucky You can be a big part of the success

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