By LARRY VAUGHT
Paul Biancardi, ESPN basketball national director of recruiting, has seen Kentucky coach John Calipari land twins Aaron and Andrew Harrison of Texas and James Young of Michigan in the last two weeks when the players made their commitments live on ESPNU. He shared these thoughts on Calipari’s recruiting.
Question: What do you like best about James Young’s game?
Biancardi: “His ability to score and shoot the basketball . When you study his game you see he is very comfortable making 3’s both off the catch and off the dribble . When he is not making shots he is slashing his way to the time . Does a great job at creating fouls with his dribble penetration into the lane.”
Question: How does he fit into the Calipari system?
Biancardi: His scoring skills will be use in many ways. Coach Calipari does an excellent job every year shaping his offense to his talent. With James Young you will see more ball screens and dribble hands off to Utilize his shooting ability. Young will have to learn how to defend Kentucky style which mean intense heat and pressure. He will be fantastic if the pace of the game gets faster as Kentucky scores very well from their defense.”
Question: With the Harrisons and Young, could Calipari be on the verge of landing the highest rated recruiting class ever?
Biancardi: “As far as ratings go if they land one or two more top recruits, yes it could be his highest rated class. Don’t forget the 2011 class with Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marquis Teague as they were three top ten players and Kyle Wiltjer, who was a top 25 player. They became the best and the highest rated class ever by John Calipari
“Remember ratings are hype based on potential. We at ESPN take time to write detailing evaluations which are far more important. We find out more about recruiting class after they have played in college.”