Kentucky Basketball: James Young Enjoys In-Home Visit with John Calipari

Jon Hancock@@JonKYSportscoSenior Analyst ISeptember 15, 2012

Picture From ESPN.Com
Picture From ESPN.Com

James Young, a 6'6” shooting guard from Rochester, Michigan, received an in-home visit from Kentucky's Head Coach John Calipari earlier this week.

Kentucky has been very high on Young for the past year. John Calipari watched him several times over the summer and made sure to visit the 5-star on his in-home visit tour.

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.

Young is one of the most heavily desired recruits in the 2013 class. He has offers from several Division-I schools including Kentucky, Arizona, Kansas, Ohio State and Missouri.

“James has a few more in-home visits with Michigan State, Syracuse, and Kansas,” Pleasant said. “James plans on taking some on-campus visits as well, however nothing is scheduled at this time.”

The talented wing is ranked the second-best shooting guard by ESPN.com and the eighth-best player in the 2013 class by Rivals.com.

Young transferred to Rochester High School during the summer to play his senior year. Last year he played for Troy High School where he averaged 25.1 points and 10.5 rebounds a game.

Coach Pleasant said of his star player, “James is a great talent. He has great size and length for his skill set. He shoots the ball extremely well, and he has NBA three-point range and beyond. He takes the ball to the basket well, and he is spending a lot of time this summer working on an explosive first step and finishing at the rim with contact.”

“He has been a phenomenal teammate,” Pleasant added. “He is a very good passer, and even unselfish to a fault at times. He is a great kid and is loved by his teammates.”

After all the visits are through, Young is planning on setting up official visits. Coach Pleasant says Kentucky will get a visit from Young.

Young currently has no timetable on when he will make his college decision.

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


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