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Young making a name for himself; Calipari says “kind of like” MKG in transition

By LARRY VAUGHT

He’s maybe not quite the national name of Julius Randle or twins Aaron and Andrew Harrison. Yet freshman James Young is impressing not only coach John Calipari, but also NBA scouts who have watched the Wildcats practice.

“Everybody that walks in the building, the guy that they’re saying is the standout is James Young, like every day.  We’ve had NBA scouts in here every day.  They’re all speaking about him, and I’m kind of watching everybody so not seeing it,” said Calipari Tuesday during UK’s Media Day.

Calipari said Young, known as a prolific shooter, is doing a lot of things to impress NBA personnel.

“He is really fast.  He’s now not settling for jump shots.  So you’re seeing a young man get his head and shoulders by people, take contact, and make baskets, which a month ago he was not going in there,” Calipari said.

“In transition, he’s kind of like Michael Kidd (-Gilchrist).  If he’s out ahead, you throw him the ball.  Something good will happen.

“And he has a chance of being a terrific defender. Part of what happened to us last year with Nerlens (Noel), some other guys we thought would be good defenders really weren’t.  I think this team could and should be, not just because you have a shot blocker.  We have a couple of big kids.  We can guard the ball better.”

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3 comments

  1. Anonymous

    We’ve had NBA scouts in here every day… Just one more reason recruits want to play at UK, for Calipari!

    Young must be awesome to get the nod from the pro scouts over all these stars. He has been Top 5 or Top 10 most of last year in most polls, but it sounds like he is even better than that! Amazing what we have this year… simply AMAZING!!!

  2. Little Baron

    We’ve had NBA scouts in here every day… Just one more reason recruits want to play at UK, for Calipari!

    Young must be awesome to get the nod from the pro scouts over all these stars. He has been Top 5 or Top 10 most of last year in most polls, but it sounds like he is even better than that! Amazing what we have this year… simply AMAZING!!!

  3. King Ghidora

    Very true that having your practice sessions scouted is very special. Not many teams get that treatment. It’s like having an all-star team this season. Of course all-star teams generally need to learn to work together before they can be great. Sometimes they need a brush with something bad to get them on track. I think about the original Dream Team and how MJ was held back at first so the rest of the team could see that even a bunch of college kids could compete if they didn’t play hard. Of course with Jordan at full speed it was a whole different story but just that one exhibition game (the NCAA all-stars won that first exhibition game against the dream team) got their attention for the entire Olympics and no one came close to beating them. So even a team with Bird, Magic, Pippen, Drexler, Malone, Barkley, etc. can lose if they don’t play as a team. That’s what the Cats need to avoid to make it to that magic undefeated level.

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