Kentucky Still an Option for James Young, Despite Commitments From Harrison Twins


The highly-anticipated announcements of 2013 studs Andrew and Aaron Harrison ended in favor of Kentucky and head coach John Calipari on Thursday.

The Harrison twins announced in favor of the Wildcats, a decision that will undoubtedly give Big Blue Nation one of the more exciting back courts next season.

However, can that dangerous perimeter get even more dangerous with 6-foot-6 guard James Young?

In addition to Kentucky, Young is also considering Michigan State, Syracuse and Kansas among his finalists. ESPN lists Young as the No. 5 overall prospect from the senior class, while Rivals pins him at No. 8. Young is among one of the top five uncommitted prospects that remain undecided for the time being.

An original native of Rochester Hills, Michigan, Young is currently preparing for his senior season at Rochester H.S. (MI). During his time on the AAU circuit, Young ran with The Family, continuously being one of the more highly-monitored recruits over the past few years.

In addition to Andrew and Aaron Harrison, Kentucky also holds a commitment from 6-foot-8 forward Derek Willis, but even with Thursday’s announcement, Calipari knows he can still improve his back court play. The one-and-done factory that UK has become has brought hot names and top prospects to Lexington ever since Calipari took over the program and that trend is showing no signs of slowing down.

A three-headed perimeter of the Harrison twins and Young would instantly be ranked among the nation’s elite, if not the best. In addition, the Wildcats also remain in the mix for top targets Jabari Parker, Julius Randle, Marcus Lee, and Aaron Gordon, among others.

Kentucky continues to land some of the nation’s elite talent year-in and year-out, so why would the class of 2013 differ? With the Harrison twins and Willis, the Wildcats’ class is blossoming and will likely get even stronger, and that’s bad news for the rest of the nation.


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