This year’s draft class is one of the best in recent memory not only due to the superior talent at the top, but also the amount of quality depth. There is no doubt that there will be multiple players drafted outside the top 14 selections in this year’s NBA Draft who will have an impact in the league next season.
Winger James Young from the University of Kentucky is one of the youngest players in this year’s draft class. His size and 7-foot wingspan have teams raving about his potential at the next level. His jumper is already a dangerous weapon in his scoring arsenal, and he showed scouts that he can knock down shots from behind the arc when given the opportunity. Given he is still only 18 years old, his career potential is sky high.
Although he shot well from deep during his workouts, he still was inconsistent shooting from three for the Wildcats last season. His shot selection at times last season was poor and he certainly needs to add some strength to his frame, but mostly, Young is just a super raw player at this point.
Young fits what the Chicago Bulls are looking for in this draft class. The Bulls need players who can score the basketball, and who are not liabilities on the defensive side of the ball. He is certainly a project, but he could certainly provide some production off the bench for the Bulls next season. If Chicago keeps both of their picks in the first round, they will be looking add depth and scoring — two things that the addition of Young would provide.
Young most closely resembles a longer version of the Orlando Magic’s Arron Afflalo. Both are terrific shooters and are high-motor players. Both are average defenders, but Young has the potential to be a good wing defender because of his quickness and size. During his one year at Kentucky, Young averaged 14.3 PPG. In the national championship game against the University of Connecticut, Young tallied 20 points and seven rebounds.