Kentucky Basketball: James Young Commits to Wildcats

Paul AblesContributor IIIMarch 24, 2017

The rich just got richer, as five-star prospect James Young has committed to the Kentucky Wildcats. The wingman from Rochester, MI is teaming up with recent commits Aaron and Andrew Harrison, as well as Derek Willis, as the fourth member of the 2013 recruiting class.

Young is a 6'6", 200-pound forward who excels at perimeter shooting and finishing strong in transition. He has been a Top 100 recruit since his junior season, but his elite play during the summer circuit elevated his ranking among national recruiting services.

He is now a consensus Top 10 recruit and places as high as fifth overall in the country, according to ESPN. Rivals has Young rated eighth overall and the fourth-best guard prospect in the 2013 class. Scout ranks him as the country's second-best small forward and ninth-best prospect overall.

One of Young's greatest assets is that he can fill in as a shooting guard or small forward. He is extremely versatile and can play multiple positions on the court. This will be of great value to John Calipari as he pieces together next season's roster.

Young will serve as a near-perfect complementary player to the Harrison backcourt. He will excel in transition with the guard duo, as he is an elite athlete and finishes through contact when attacking the rim. His lethal outside shooting will also create spacing across the floor, creating more driving lanes for Aaron or Andrew to take advantage of.

With the addition of James Young, the Wildcats' 2013 class has grown to four members. Their is great positional balance across the board, with the four players filling next year's point guard, shooting guard and two small forward spots.

This is not expected to be the final commitment of the class. Some of the remaining targets for Kentucky include Julius Randle, Marcus Lee and 2014 target Andrew Wiggins.