Prospect Profile: James Young

Comprehensive look at NBA Draft Prospect James Young


Birthplace Birthdate Height Weight Position
Rochester Hills, MI August 16, 1995 6'7" 213 lbs G/F

Draft Predictions:

Draft Express Hoops Hype NBA Draft Insider Chad Ford's Big Board
19 22 22 15 15

NBA Combine Stats:

Lane Agility Shuttle Run 3-Quarter Sprint Standing Vertical Max Vertical
DNP DNP DNP 28.0" (T-42nd) 35.5" (T-24th)

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Sophomore Collegiate Stats:

Kentucky Freshman 32.4 14.3 40.7 34.9 70.6 4.3 1.7 0.8 1.9

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Highlight Moment:

Young posted nine 20-point games as a freshman last season for the Wildcats. Early in the year against Texas-Arlington, the 6-foot-7 guard led his team to victory with a career-high 26 points on 8-of-14 shooting, including a 5-of-10 clip from beyond the arc. Young added three assists, a pair of steals and two boards in just 29 minutes as Kentucky earned the win, 105-76. Two months later against Mississippi State, Young posted another stat-stuffing outing. He tied his season-high with 26 points – this time on 8-of-14 shooting – and added ten boards, five assists, two steals and a block.

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“An athletic 6-foot-7 wing, the lefty McDonald’s All-American can do a little bit of everything. But as a freshman in Lexington he's had the type of green light that would make J.R. Smith jealous. John Calipari and his coaches raved about Young's shooting ability during the preseason, but right now a more pejorative term suffices: he's a chucker. Despite averaging 11 field-goal attempts per game, Young is making just 38.5 percent of his shots and only 33.7 percent from deep. For someone who plays on a team loaded with capable scorers, that kind of inefficiency jumps out, certainly raising cause for concern.” – Peter Bukowski,

“Wildcats forward James Young, considered a shooting guard at the next level, may have worked himself into the lottery by way of an impressive showing at [the] NBA Combine. Most mock drafts now list him in the top 14 picks.” – Jonathon Lintner, –

“Young's NBA prospects were good before signing at Kentucky, but in the preseason his stock rose especially high. During the 2013-14 UK campaign Young hit 82 3-pointers at a 42.6-percent clip. He averaged 14.3 points and 4.2 rebounds. He's projected 16th overall in’s latest mock.” – Matt Norlander,

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