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.”