James Young: What 5-Star Recruit's Commitment to Kentucky Means for Wildcats
Exactly one week after the Harrison twins pledged to John Calipari and Kentucky, James Young, one of college basketball's top recruits, also decided to head to Lexington for his collegiate career. We knew this was coming, but now it's official.
The Wildcats just keep adding to their already stacked 2013 recruiting class, and this gives UK three of the top five recruits in the Class of 2013, and the top three committed players.
Kentucky looks to be gearing up for another championship run in 2013, and the addition of Young takes the team that much closer to its ninth NCAA tournament championship.
Before we talk about what this huge commitment means for Kentucky, let's take a closer look at the team's newest member.
Young is a chiseled lefty with a great frame for a 2. He stands at 6'6" and 210 pounds, giving him the versatility to play either shooting guard or wing. This is a vital asset, seeing as Aaron Harrison is already marked as Kentucky's shooting guard for the 2013-14 season.
With great length and athleticism he seems like the prototypical Kentucky wing, and he has all the skills to be one of college basketball's finest. He has excellent range, quick moves and the ability to score in the paint.
Young is always looking to score, and he seemingly always finds a way to do so. In his junior year of high school he averaged 25.1 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game (per Detroit News).
This kid is going to be a stud, and Kentucky was lucky to pick him up.
Now it's time for the fun part. Now we get to speculate over just what this means for Kentucky and college hoops. Now's the time for making ridiculous comparisons, like asking if you remember when an NBA team received a dual commitment from two stars and then received another from a third star shortly after, *cough* Miami Heat, *cough*.
I'll do my best to keep this realistic and not pronounce Kentucky the supreme ruler of college basketball, but it's tough not to get excited when you're talking about a perimeter of Young and the Harrison twins.
In terms of recruiting, this gives Kentucky the guaranteed No. 1 overall recruiting class for the rest of the recruitment of the Class of 2013. It also gives the Wildcats more lure to big men who want to win a championship.
The first obvious target is PF Julius Randle, who is the No. 2 player in the Class of 2013. Randle recently cut his list to six, which includes the Wildcats. Randle would give UK arguably the greatest recruiting class in history, and Bleacher Report's Doug Brodess has said that he expects Randle to end up a Wildcat.
After Randle comes a host of other power forwards, including Aaron Gordon, Noah Vonleh and Jermaine Lawrence, who are all top 10 recruits.
None of these guys are incredibly big, with Lawrence being the tallest at 6'9" and Vonleh the bulkiest at 220 pounds. However, all three are great athletes (Gordon may be the best pure athlete in the country), and that is exactly what Kentucky needs.
The team is also pursuing big men Kennedy Meeks, Tyler Roberson, Johnathan Williams III and Marcus Lee.
Lee is the top target as of now, seeing as he has Kentucky as one of the last two schools on his list. Lee will attend Big Blue Madness on Friday, which could convince him to commit to Kentucky as well.
UK is going to land a big man, we just don't know which one. Whoever it is will join the team's incredible recruiting class and returning center, Willie Cauley.
Speaking of who is returning, if my predictions hold true, Kentucky could have one of the best teams they've had in a while.
Nerlens Noel will undoubtedly declare for the NBA draft. There's little reason for him to return, and he has the talent to be a pro in a year's time.
After that comes the question of who will be able to declare among Kyle Wiltjer, Alex Poythress and Archie Goodwin.
I see Goodwin returning because I do not believe he will earn a first-round pick after just one year, so he will be back.
Wiltjer could emerge as a star this season, and I wouldn't be surprised if he did. He will be on the fringe for declaring or returning for a third year, and freshman Alex Poythress will be in a similar situation. I see one of these two power forwards returning.
What are your expectations for the Wildcats in 2013-14
And let's not forget about point guard Ryan Harrow. We don't know what to expect out of the transfer in his first season in Lexington, but he could help the Harrison twins in the backcourt if he doesn't impress.
If the team returns Cauley and a power forward, the team will have a good enough frontcourt for another Final Four run.
The team is going to be stacked. Kentucky is gearing up for a title run, and anything less than that should be considered unacceptable for the Wildcats in the 2013-14 season. Period.
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