By LARRY VAUGHT
James Young was measured at 6 feet, 5.25 inches and 6 feet, 6.75 inches in shoes at the NBA Combine with a 7-foot wingspan and standing reach of 8 feet, 8 inches. For a shooting guard in the NBA, those are elite-like numbers and could have a big impact on his draft status.
Nathan Grubel is a Memphis Grizzlies beat writer for Rant Sports and he thinks Young would be a good fit for Memphis in the draft.
“When Young is able to put it all together, his scoring talent can really shine in an offense,” Grubel wrote recently. “Young is a great shooter with range. … Motor wise, Young pout forth excellent hustle in terms of going after loose balls and being a consistent presence in transition and on defense.
“The Grizzlies need a wing player that can score and not be a complete liability on defense. Young has plenty of potential on both sides of the ball, and while his upside may not be a 25 points per game scorer in the league, he does project to be a nice fit out on the perimeter for an NBA squad. The Grizzles need any help they can get on the perimeter, and Young might be the type of player to come in and contribute to an offense right away.”
Again, Young’s draft stock just seems to continue to rise to more than justify his decision to leave UK after only one year.