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James Young

  • Position: Shooting Guard
  • Height/Weight: 6-7 / 213
  • Birthdate: 08/16/1995
  • College: Kentucky
Round 1: Pick 17
Drafted By: Boston Celtics 
 
Prospect Analysis

Strengths

  • Good jump shooter with range
  • Pull-up jumper
  • Has learned to attack the rim
  • Prototypical NBA two-guard size
  • Near 7-foot wingspan
  • Good rebounder
  • Young; great upside

 

Weaknesses

  • Shot selection; sometimes takes contested jumpers
  • Ball-handling can improve
  • Defense can get better

 

NBA projection: Young has been projected as a lottery pick.

 

2013-14 Season

Playing amid a wealth of McDonald’s All-Americans, Young stood out, earning second-team All-SEC honors and a spot on the All-SEC Freshman team and the All-Final Four team after scoring 17 points against Wisconsin and 20 against Connecticut in the title game.

 

Key statistics: 14.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.7 apg, 0.8 spg, 1.8 tpg, 32.4 mpg, .407 FG, .349 3PT, .706 FT

 

Cool statistic: Young finished second among freshmen in Kentucky history with 82 made 3-point goals.

 

Reminds me of: Arron Afflalo

 

What Insiders Say

Kentucky coach John Calipari

"From day one, the NBA people who came to our practices in the preseason raved about him. He’s done everything we’ve asked of him all season, investing himself in his brothers for the betterment of the team, and I think we all saw the end result in the tournament and Final Four. Whatever team drafts James is not only getting a superb athlete, they are getting the ultimate teammate."

 

What Outsiders Say

Eastern Conference GM

"He's a super talent. Super feel for the game on the offensive end. Scoring comes very naturally to him.”

 

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Kentucky reached the national championship game, as ever, on the strength of highly touted freshmen. But most of this year's crop of young Wildcats took a long time before displaying Final Four-caliber talent. Guard James Young, though, wasn't one of them. Young has been on the NBA's radar for months, having gone for 20 or more points eight times this season.

 

There's not much else to the 18-year-old's game right now; phrases like "below-average defender" and "defensively, he gets lost" describe his attention to the other end of the floor. He's also left-hand dominant right now. But if you're going to have one NBA skill coming into the league, scoring is a good one. His coach, John Calipari, had no problem predicting that Young would score 25 points in Monday night's championship game against Connecticut. More>>

 

 

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch