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Kentucky Basketball Recruiting: James Young Will Ensure Wildcats Prolong Dynasty

James Young reveals his college selection on Thursday night. Photo credit to Dan Fenner of the Detroit Free Press.
James Young reveals his college selection on Thursday night. Photo credit to Dan Fenner of the Detroit Free Press.
Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIIOctober 12, 2012

5-star recruit James Young may not be playing until 2013, but the star swingman ensures that Kentucky head coach John Calipari will continue constructing a Wildcats basketball dynasty.

The 6'6" pride of Rochester High School in Michigan is rated at No. 5 in the ESPN 100. According to Steve Jones of the Courier-Journal, the current high school junior's commitment nets Calipari his 18th 5-star recruit across just five classes.

Dynasties talk about reloading rather than rebuilding. Averaging what could turn out to be as many as four 5-star recruits a year would qualify as such.

The always animated Dick Vitale nailed down exactly what Calipari is when he shared his thoughts on Twitter about the Kentucky program landing yet another prized prospect in Young:

BBN strikes GOLD- AGAIN- the man is a RECRUITING MACHINE! @vaughtsviews@jerrytipton espn.go.com/mens-college-b…

— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) October 11, 2012

 

Calipari now has three 5-star perimeter players in his 2013 class with Young and twin guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison. Andrew will be running the show as the team's point guard and having such a versatile scoring threat in Young who can spot up or knife his way to the rim will be invaluable.

Oh, and these three happen to be in the Top Five of the aforementioned ESPN 100, and they are all 6'5" or taller.

To focus on Young in particular, he is a 6'6" lefty with plenty of range—and plenty of everything else.

Let this video from City League Hoops TV do the talking, because Young's game is simply something that has to be seen to appreciated.

Pretty much anything one could ever look for in an explosive, scoring 2-guard, Young can do.

He can break opponents down off the dribble and shoot from deep or take it to the hole for a strong finish. Also displayed on the highlight reel were flashes of his athleticism on the defensive end.

Perhaps most impressive was when Young scored with a strong finish on the inside, stole a half-court pass and pulled up from three-point range to score five points in a matter of just about as many seconds.

Young fits a piece of the 2013 puzzle that will give Kentucky the opportunity to play three guards in the lineup who all have the ability to stroke it from distance.

CatsIllustrated.com writer Corey Albertson notes that Young doesn't just bring scoring and athletic ability to the table, though: Young can do the dirty work and is an able passer and rebounder who will be surrounded with immense talent at UK.

It's hard to argue against Kentucky fans that are thinking of a repeat run to the national title in 2012-13 despite the unpredictable nature of the NCAA tournament. In fact, the way Calipari reels in renowned recruits, the Wildcats should be in national title contention every single year.

Hype around three-peat talks isn't likely to die down with the addition of a player of Young's unique abilities, either.

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