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Kentucky Basketball Recruiting: James Young to Visit Kentucky This Weekend

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 25:  The Kentucky Wildcats mascot performs during their game against the Baylor Bears during the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball South Regional Final at the Georgia Dome on March 25, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Jon HancockSenior Analyst ISeptember 26, 2012

James Young, a 5-star recruit from Rochester Hills, Mich., announced via Twitter that he will make a visit to Kentucky this weekend.

Young is a very highly recruited small forward who has offers from several Division I schools, including Kansas, Ohio State, Missouri and Kentucky.

Young averaged 25.1 points and 10.5 rebounds a game last year at Troy High School. He recently transferred to Rochester High School to play his senior year.

The 6'6" wing recently had an in-home visit with Kentucky coach John Calipari. Young's high school coach, John Pleasant, said of the visit, "James had a very good in-home visit with Kentucky. Coach Cal talked to James a lot about what it meant to be a part of Kentucky's program, and how it entailed a lot more than being a basketball player. Coach Cal talked with James about the importance of being a good teammate, and how even though there is a lot of individual talent at Kentucky, it always comes back to what is best for the team."

Young is considered the second-best small forward by Scout.com and the fifth-best player in the 2013 class by ESPN.com.

Pleasant said of his star player, "James is a great talent. He has great size and length for his skill set. He shoots the ball extremely well, and he has NBA three-point range and beyond. He takes the ball to the basket well, and he is spending a lot of time this summer working on an explosive first step and finishing at the rim with contact.”

The fact that Young is making an unofficial visit to Kentucky so close to his in-home visit is a great sign. If Calipari can pick up Young, he would have the ability to draw other star recruits. 

Jon Hancock is a contributor for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained firsthand.

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