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2013 Kentucky Wildcats Basketball Recruiting: James Young

Tracking the recruitment of 2013 shooting guard James Young from Rochester (Mich.).

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James Young is Kentucky's X-Factor

Leading up to Big Blue Madness, A Sea of Blue will be previewing each scholarship player on the 2013-14 basketball team. This is the James Young edition.

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A Window Into The Future

The Jordan Brand Classic, played this past Saturday night, was not your typical all-star game.

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2013 Jordan Brand Classic Preview

Just like the McDonald's All-American Game, six future Kentucky Wildcats will be participating in the Jordan Brand Classic this weekend.

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How the Kentucky Six (Plus One) Did Last Night

How did the Kentucky commitments do in the McDonald's All-American game? Pretty well, actually.

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The UK guys at the McDonald's All-American game

The 2013 McDonald's High School All-American was loaded with talent from top to bottom. Six players were already committed to the University of Kentucky.

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McDonald's All-American Game: UK-Centric Preview

A UK-centric preview on this storied high school All-American game.

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James Young Has Signed with Kentucky

2013 wing James Young from Rochester (Mich.) signed his LOI with Kentucky.

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Recruiting Dominance: James Young Chooses Kentucky

James Young, a small forward from Rochester (Mich.), announced live on ESPNU that he will attend Kentucky, picking the Wildcats over Michigan St., Syracuse & Kansas.

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Who Will James Young Choose? Can Cal Do It Again?

James Young announcement open thread.

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James Young: Decision Coming?

2013 small forward James Young from Rochester (Mich.) will announce his college decision on Thursday, October 11.

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James Young Might Visit for Big Blue Madness

Immediately following the Harrison twins' commitment to Kentucky, Ben Roberts of the Lexington Herald-Leader caught up with the Sean Mahone, godfather of five-star prospect James Young. According to Mahone, Young remains very interested in the Wildcats despite the commitment of 2-guard Aaron Harrison. In fact, Mahone hinted that Young may take an official visit to Kentucky for Big Blue Madness.

Young just visited Kentucky on an unofficial visit at the end of September, and a return visit bodes well in his recruitment. He has repeatedly said that he would not mind playing with other top players like the Harrisons or Andrew Wiggins, even if it meant taking on a sixth man role on a loaded Kentucky roster.

There is some debate as to whether Young would be a fall or spring commit. In the Roberts article, FOX Sports' Evan Daniels mentions that the recruitment may not last much longer, with Kentucky the presumed leader.

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Is James Young a Fall or Spring Decision?

Following up on the earlier reports of a successful unofficial visit from 2013 small forward James Young, 247 Sports' Jerry Meyer caught up with Young's godfather, Sean Mahone, and tried to nail down Young's timeline ($).

Aside from a possible official visit to Kentucky for Big Blue Madness, Young will take an unofficial visit to Michigan State this week. Young also wants to take officials to Kansas and Syracuse, but has not nailed down specific dates for those two schools.

Earlier this summer, Kentucky fans were hopeful that Young would make a fall decision and pick the Wildcats. That's still possible, but not a guarantee, according to Mahone. In fact, contrary to popular belief, Young was always more likely to make a spring decision, but could possibly make a fall decision if he feels comfortable.

"Initially our plan was to let it play out till the spring.

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He wanted to use his official visits to be on campus and watch a live game. That way he could see what the program is like during the season.

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But in the next couple weeks we are going to sit down and really assess the situation and see where James' heart is. If he comes to a finite and decisive decision, then he will go ahead a commit."

Could a Big Blue Madness visit sway Young's mind into making a fall decision? Stay tuned.

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James Young Liked What He Saw At UK This Weekend

Adam Zagoria reports that James Young was pleased with his unofficial visit to Kentucky this weekend, and is now considering jumping in a bit deeper:

James Young enjoyed his weekend visit to Kentucky and is considering taking an official visit there Oct. 12 for Big Blue Madness.

"That is the date that we’re looking at," Sean Mahone, Young’s Godfather, told SNY.tv Monday. "We haven’t committed to it but that’s the date that I know we were asked."

Kentucky has been considered the favorite for Young since he got an offer, and this weekend's visit appears to have cemented that perception, both in Young and in the recruiting observers. Interestingly, Adam Zagoria doubles down on his report of the other day that Andrew and Aaron Harrison might also be on the guest list for Big Blue Madness, although they attended that same event last year.

Mahone, Young's Godfather, says that he hasn't cut his list to just Kentucky and Syracuse as previously thought:

"James hasn’t narrowed it down to two schools and he certainly hasn’t narrowed it down to Syracuse and Kentucky," Mahone said. "The remaining four are Kentucky, Kansas, Michigan State and Syracuse."

To be honest, I think this is mostly recruiting-speak, but you never know what's going on in the mind of a young man.

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James Young Will Visit Kentucky This Weekend

Adam Zagoria is confirming what had earlier been reported as likely -- 2013 small forward James Young will visit Kentucky this weekend, unofficially:

“Yes, we are taking an unofficial visit,” his Godfather, Sean Mahone, told SNY.tv Thursday night by phone.

Zagoria goes on to report that Young has not set any official visits as of yet. Kentucky is still reportedly Young's top choice, but Mahone doubts that Young will commit on this unofficial visit.

Young is exactly the kind of player that John Calipari loves. The comments he made recently about being fine with playing with guys like Andrew Wiggins and Andrew Harrison, two guys that figure to compete with him for minutes, is just the kind of thing that Coach Cal looks for in his high-level recruits.

It would sure be nice if the football team could help us out with a nice performance against South Carolina. Asking for a win is probably way too much, but could a brother get a competitive game within a couple of touchdowns?

Please?

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