His homestate school was playing for a national championship Monday night, but James Young probably wasn’t paying that much attention.
The Detroit-area native didn’t grow up a Michigan Wolverines fan, despite the Ann Arbor campus being just an hour’s drive from his house.
Tom Izzo has taken nearby Michigan State to six Final Fours and won a national championship in Young’s lifetime, but he wasn’t a Spartans supporter either.
While his friends wore green or maize, Young preferred Kentucky blue.
“It’s always been my school,” the McDonald’s All-American told the Herald-Leader last week. “I’ve had UK stuff forever. Even before Calipari, I always used to watch them — it was my dream school. So when he called and wanted me to go there, it was a blessing.”
The call from John Calipari was a long time coming. At least, it seemed that way to Young.