Kentucky team to beat for Young

LAS VEGAS -- Following the first session of games at the LeBron James Skills Academy at Rancho High School, James Young talked about his favorite school and the outlook of his recruitment.

Since April James Young has claimed Kentucky as his favorite. Now as the July evaluation periods approach the 6-foot-6 wing continues to have them at the top of his list.

"They are the team to beat," Young told Scout.com at the LeBron James Skills Academy. "They come out every game like it's a championship game."

Young said Kentucky's style of play is a major reason he likes the Cats.

"Their style of play is one big reason," he responded. "They get out in transition and their fan base is crazy and they show me a lot of love."

Over the past few years, Kentucky has had a number of players go in the first round of the NBA Draft, but Young said that isn't factoring into his decision.

"I'm pretty sure a lot of people [look at it], but that's not the reason why I'd be going there," he said when asked about UK's recent draft success. "Coach Cal is a great coach and they have a great facility and they have a great team with good players."

Young said he's planning visits for August. Could he commit to the Wildcats while in Lexington?

"I'm not sure," Young said. "I have to see how it is first. If I like it after a week or two I'll probably make my decision."

Although the Wildcats clearly led, Young did say he's "open" will schedule other college visits.

"I have my options open for everything," Young said. "I have a top five or six," he added. "Kentucky, Arizona, Kansas, Ohio State and Michigan State. There's no specific order. I'm going to take my college visits and make my choice."

"I'm probably going to take most of them in late August," Young said. "Kansas and Kentucky, I'll probably do that then Arizona, Michigan State and Ohio State."

Young, who ranks No. 7 overall in the 2013 class, said he plans to have his college choice made prior to his senior season.


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