Young's focus to shift towards recruiting

Fresh off a strong spring and summer, James Young is gearing up to take some college visits. Young's guardian breaks down his plan going forward.

After spending majority of the month of July participating in the top camps and travel team tournaments, James Young is back in Troy (Mich.) preparing to take college visits and his final year of high school.

"We had a pretty good three weeks swing," Young's guardian Sean Mahone told Scout.com. "We were out in Vegas and built some nice momentum there and it continued on in D.C. and finished up in Peach Jam."

As he's done all spring and summer, Young put up impressive numbers at Peach Jam. The 6-foot-6 went for 21. points and 8.5 rebounds a game, while shooting 46-percent from on 39 attempts.

But with the July evaluation periods over, Young's focus is about to shift towards recruiting.

"I think the programs that are in the mix, there's some uniqueness in there," Mahone told Scout.com.

During Peach Jam, John Calipari and his staff were three deep for majority of Young's games with The Family. According to Mahone, Kentucky's recent on the court success is appealing.

"Kentucky speaks for itself," Mahone said. "Who didn't watch what happened last year? Whether you're a basketball fan or not, you have an appreciation for that program."

"Somebody like James, that is on a high recruiting list, he has aspirations to see what coach Cal does with his players with them winning a championship," he added.

Michigan State has also been actively pursuing Young. The Spartans are pitching proximity to home, but Tom Izzo's reputation as a coach is also sticking out to Mahone and Young.

"That guys a winner," Mahone said about Izzo. "They have a great program and James is from here so we are strongly considering them."

To go with Kentucky and Michigan State, there are four other schools involved in Young's recruitment.

"We are looking Arizona, Syracuse and Kansas," Mahone said. "I think all are nice programs and have strong coaches. The offense that some of those college have are conducive to how James plays. Even Louisville, we have been talking to those guys as well."

Since Young has a working list of six schools, the next step is to begin taking college visits.

"We obviously have been having a lot of dialogue with the coaches and getting to know everybody on the phone," Mahone said. "Then we are going to take some visits to the schools. We want to see them in a variety of settings."

"The goal is to visit and then have them come see us here and have them come see J play during the season," he added. "Then hopefully narrow it down to a point where we feel comfortable making a decision."

Expect the Troy (Mich.) High standout to begin taking visits at some point in August.

"I would say based on the fact that we are back here and trying to catch our breath we may sneak one in August here, maybe one, maybe two in," Mahone said. "Then school will pick up and we will sort out September to do some of the remaining."


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