Kentucky Basketball: Guard James Young to Announce Thursday

Jon HancockSenior Analyst IOctober 10, 2012

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James Young, a 6'6" shooting guard from Troy, Michigan, will announce his college decision Thursday, according to ESPN's Paul Biancardi.

Young will make his announcement at 5 p.m. on ESPNU.

The 5-star prospect will make his decision between Kentucky, Kansas, Michigan State and Syracuse.

Young is considered the second-best shooting guard and the fifth-best player in the 2013 class by

Kentucky is the only school Young has made a visit to, and he is also thinking about going to Kentucky's Big Blue Madness event Friday night. Young had a very good in-home visit with UK coach John Calipari last month.

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.

Recruiting analyst for Jerry Meyer is expecting Young to pick Kentucky. Meyer said via Twitter, "Looks like Kentucky will get another top 10 prospect when James Young announces on Thursday."

Evan Daniels from said of Young's decision via Twitter, "James Young is announcing his college choice tomorrow. As of today, if it's not Kentucky, I'll be shocked."

Kentucky has already picked up three commits—the Harrison Twins and Derek Willis—for the 2013 class.

After Andrew and Aaron Harrison committed to Kentucky last week, UK surged to the best recruiting class for 2013 according to

Adding Young Thursday will keep Kentucky at the top.

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