2014 NBA Draft Profile: James Young
James Young appeared in all 40 games and started 39 as a freshman at Kentucky towards averages of 14.3 points (second on team) and 4.3 rebounds (fourth on team). He was voted to the All-SEC Freshman Team and All-SEC Second Team by the coaches, and made 82 three-pointers (second most in a single season by a UK freshman).
On Wednesday, June 4, Young was one of 12 prospects to go through a pre-draft workout in front of Lakers brass at the team's practice facility. PHOTO GALLERY
Below is a transcription of his comments to assembled media members:
Q: On if he proved himself in just one year at Kentucky:
Young: Definitely. I showed I can score, rebound and just go out there and compete.
Q: On his more natural position, whether that be shooting guard or small forward:
Young: More of a two. I’ve been playing the two most of my career until I got to Kentucky.
Q: On if playing at Kentucky prepared himself for the NBA:
Young: Our practices were two or three a days and it was always hard and long. It definitely prepared me for something like this.
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NBA Draft Combine Measurements
Hand Length: 9.0 inches
Hand Width: 9.5 inches
Standing Reach: 8 feet, 8 inches
Wingspan: 7 feet
"The scouts who saw Young in practices in Kentucky are still in love with what they saw: a prototypical NBA wing who can really shoot the basketball. The results on the court, however, have been pretty mixed. His jump shot was inconsistent and he proved to be more one-dimensional than scouts thought he would be coming out of high school. But with that said, the interest in him has never really waned. Scouts see a lot of potential in Young to be a very good NBA wing with size, athleticism and a good shooting touch."
*Young did not participate in the drills portion at the NBA Draft Combine.