Five-Star Recruit James Young Chooses Kentucky

by October 11, 2012

As if last week’s commitments from the Harrison twins weren’t of enough joy for Wildcat fans, Kentucky got another pledge from a highly-touted recruit this afternoon. James Young, a 6-6 wing ranked among the top 10 in the nation, announced today that he will be heading to Lexington next fall. With many rumors swirling that Julius Randle and Andrew Wiggins could possibly also be joining the Blue Nation, there are talks already of Kentucky’s upcoming recruiting class being their greatest ever. Dynasty? From CBS Sports: “Another week, another top-10 prospect makes his college decision on national television – and yet another elite player chooses Kentucky. One week after John Calipari’s Wildcats landed top-five twins Andrew and Aaron Harrison, small forward James Young made his announcement. To no one’s surprise, the No. 7-ranked prospect in the class of 2013 picked Kentucky. “I will be headed to the University of Kentucky,” Young said, pulling out a Kentucky shirt. Young, a 6-foot-6 scoring swingman from Rochester (Mich.), also had Michigan State, Syracuse and Kansas in his final four. However, Kentucky had been the heavy favorite in Young’s recruitment since the Wildcats made a serious move on him in the spring. “I love their offensive system,” Young told over the summer. “[John] Calipari is a good coach. I like the way they play offense and defense; they get up and down the floor. It’s a good educational school, too.” It really was only a matter of time before Young made it official. “I watched them growing up,” Young said at the time. “They like to win, and that’s something I like to do. I just always liked Kentucky.”