Vitals: 18 years old, 6'7", 202 lbs, 6'11" wingspan
No matter what he does, Kentucky wing James Young will be overshadowed by Julius Randle and others in Big Blue Nation. In fact, he's projected by some to be the third or fourth Wildcat selected on draft night.
After his early season play and breakout game against Boise State, there are already detractors who are downplaying his success. They point to his talented surroundings and dismiss him as a legitimate lottery option.
Don't make the same mistake, because Young is the best sleeper in the draft class.
Young's smooth shot can earn him points from anywhere on the floor, and as a pro, he will use his off-ball footwork to find shooting pockets. His 6'11" wingspan and underrated athleticism will be a huge help in transition scenarios and on defense.
During SEC media days, ESPN analyst Jimmy Dykes (via Larry Vaught) lauded Young's underrated impact and potential:
His length is a problem on the perimeter for teams. I think he has gotten better in the last month from what I have heard about knowing how to get fouled and finish plays at the rim through traffic and contact, something he didn’t have to do a lot of in high school...by the time conference play begins, (college basketball followers are) going to know a lot about James Young and that he’s going to have a dramatic impact on Kentucky’s season.
When you watch him work within Kentucky's offense, it's easy to see that he'll be a great catch-and-shoot weapon in the NBA, as well as an alert passer from the wing.
If he somehow slips past the lottery and into the high teens, some lucky franchise will snatch him up.
Dan O'Brien covers the NBA draft for B/R. Follow him on Twitter: @DanielO_BR