HoopsHype James Young rumors

April 18, 2014 Updates
April 17, 2014 Updates

University of Kentucky freshman All-Southeastern Conference selection James Young will forego his sophomore season and enter his name in this year's NBA Draft. “My time at Kentucky has been special to me, something I’ll always treasure, but I feel that I’m ready to take the next step to the NBA,” Young said. “I’ve learned more this year, on and off the court, about life from Coach Cal and the staff and appreciate all of their guidance and support. I can’t say enough about my teammates; the journey helped us build a bond that we will always share for the rest of our lives. I would like to thank the best fans in the country, the Big Blue Nation, and I hope you guys will continue to support me as I move on. I will always bleed blue. Succeed and Proceed!” University of Kentucky Official Athletic Site

April 13, 2014 Updates

While many assume that Kentucky freshman James Young is already set to put his name into the NBA Draft, his godfather insists that is not accurate. “If you go through all this, I think you have been through every emotion possible and I am sure Kentucky fans feel the same way. Then if you have player on the team, it is just magnified even more,” said Sean Mahone, Young’s godfather. “But I love all the tradition, and experiencing that run this team made was fantastic. “We feel blessed. Everybody wants to be part of the championship game experience. That means you might not be on the right end of the final game, but who wouldn’t rather be there with a chance than not even being in the game. Honestly for us, right now it has been such an emotional roller coaster ride and we are seeing so much through James’ eyes. We are not rushing to make any decisions.” Central Kentucky News

April 8, 2014 Updates

"He's a super talent," one Eastern Conference GM said of James Young. "Super feel for the game on the offensive end. The scoring comes very easy for him. Scoring comes very naturally to him. He's one of those guys who can just step on the floor, not having stretched, not having warmed up, not having gotten any shots up, and can go out and score 25. The Harrisons (twins Aaron and Andrew, also freshmen Wildcats) have probably shown it more in the tournament, but James has shown it more since November." NBA.com

At least one executive hopes that Young will return for his sophomore season at Kentucky, but given the school's recent track record, that's not very likely. So teams will have to project the maturity track of a kid who won't turn 19 until August. "People are going to love him because of his upside and potential," another GM said. "I think he's more prototypical in terms of his size to skill ratio, but he's also much further away from realizing NBA strength, NBA skill. He'll take longer to be an impact player." NBA.com

March 23, 2013 Updates

Meantime, on the DraftExpress 2014 Mock Draft, Kentucky currently has commits from the No. 2 (Julius Randle), 3 (Andrew Harrison), 9 (Aaron Harrison) and 10 picks (Cauley-Stein). They are also in the hunt for the projected No. 1 and No. 4 overall picks in Andrew Wiggins and Aaron Gordon. The NBA GM also said that Kentucky pledges Dakari Johnson and James Young could be first-round picks next year. “Only question would be if they go high enough to come out based on the numbers they will get with limited minutes, but they are first-rounders,” the GM said. ZagsBlog.com

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