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Kentucky guard James Young dunks during he first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Mississippi in Oxford, Miss., Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Kentucky guard James Young dunks during he first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Mississippi in Oxford, Miss., Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

By LARRY VAUGHT

James Young hit six of 12 shots to score 16 points in Tuesday’s win over Mississippi, but he also had six rebounds and five assists.

“I need to start doing that more,” Young said of his rebounding on the UK Radio Network postgame show. “I just been chilllin’ the last few games. I need to get boards like Coach has been saying.”

Young said the way UK started the game and eventually got a 22-point lead in the second half before relaxing and letting Ole Miss cut it to six points is how the team wanted to come back after Saturday’s loss to Florida.

“That’s what we had to do after tough loss. Come back with a lot of energy and act like the loss never happened and keep playing our game, and that’s what we did,”  Young said. “We came out with a lot more energy. Slapping the ground, clapping and every time somebody did a good job we have high fives and said good job.”

So what happened when UK let the Rebels back into a game when it was on the verge of being a 30-point win instead of an 84-70 win?

“Coach talked about that. We kind of had our head down cause of their run and we have to stop doing that. We have to let it go and get on our run,” Young said.

Now Kentucky gets a chance to avenge one of their three SEC losses Saturday when they host LSU. Young said payback was “definitely” on UK’s mind.

“We have to come back and get them. It was kind of a rough finish (at LSU). We have to pick it up and keep moving forward,” Young said.

2 Responses to Kentucky freshman James Young says he needs to rebound more like he did in Ole Miss win

  • Little Baron says:

    Rebound more?

    I would prefer to see him SHARE THE BALL…
    Get a lot of assists GAME AFTER GAME… not just once in a while.

    & PROTECT THE BALL…
    Turnovers will cost us more games to teams that are good (& definitely if they are great)

    & SHARE THE BALL…
    ie… PLAY TEAM BALL…
    That is all I ask of Young. He will still get his points, but the TEAM will benefit.

    Randle was 4-5 from the field early and then seldom got the ball passed to him.

  • Phillip Barker says:

    It’s easy to pick apart a player’s deficiencies when they keep repeating the same errors and while Young brings a lot to the positive side, Little Baron is right on with James’ passing problems. Two huge errors are telegraphing his passes and then making a SOFT pass or lob. The next is leaving his feet when driving deep into the basket, turning when trapped, and throwing a soft, Hail Mary to anyone he can find. If he would embrace and own these two habits as things to improve or eliminate in his game, then we could pick up quite a few extra points per game. Since they are HABITS, he can eliminate them like Poy did with his of stepping out of bounds 2 or 3 times a game last year while driving the base line. Pro scouts are noting his poor passing habits and it is really mitigating his draft status. Just my take on the passing situation,

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