Young enjoys UK trip, will visit MSU

James Young's Godfather -- Sean Mahone -- broke down their recent trip to Kentucky, plus discussed an upcoming visit to Michigan State.

James Young, a top 10 recruit out of Rochester (Mich.) Hills, traveled to Lexington (Ky.) to unofficially visit Kentucky this past weekend.

Young's Godfather Sean Mahone, who accompanied Young on his trip, said the visit went well, as they were able to tour the campus, meet with the coaches and see the facilities.

"It went well," Mahone said. "It really did. It was very impressive. We had an opportunity to witness first hand the quality of the program and the quality of the campus and how organized they are."

"The facilities are exceptional," Mahone added. "The administers and the academic support that they have available to support the players is top notch. It's a well oiled machine."

Mahone said everything he and Young had heard about Kentucky was validated.

"It's almost what you expect to see what you see when you get there," Mahone said. "We weren't surprised to see what we had seen. When you read about it and hear about it you expect to see what you see."

Did Kentucky separate themselves from the other schools recruiting Young with the visit?

"They were able validate that everything we had heard from them verbally, they were able to back up on site on the official visit," Mahone said. "I wouldn't say they separated themselves, but yet we developed another layer of confidence in the quality of their program."

"Seeing is believing and we certainly have a lot of confidence in their program," he added.

During the visit John Calipari and his staff mapped out exactly how they plan to use Young in their system.

"He would play an integral role and part of their team," Mahone told "I think the one thing that they continue to say about James is his ability to fit into a team concept. He can score, play defense and can pass."

Kentucky is recruiting a number of perimeter players. To go with Young, they are involved with the Harrison twins and Andrew Wiggins, depending on what year he opts to go. The UK staff addressed that with Young and Mahone.

"All of those guys are phenomenal players but one of the things they appreciate about all of those guys is their focus and desire to wining a championship, at the risk of potentially sacrificing individual achievements for team achievement," Mahone said.

"One of the things coach Cal is adamant about is the message that the team is going to come before the individual," he added.

Mahone said Young has a mutual respect for the other recruits.

"James likes all of those guys," he said. "They respect each others game. James is one of those players that can play in the team concept and still achieve his individual goals."

With the Kentucky unofficial visit down, Young is planning to visit Michigan State unofficially.

"We plan to visit Michigan State over the next week," he said. "We have plans to visit them."

After that trip, Young, who is considering Kentucky, Syracuse, Michigan State and Kansas, and his family will discuss narrowing his list and official visits.

"Then what we are gong to sit down over the next week and determine logistically how we want to roll out the official visits," Mahone said. "Michigan State would be an unofficial visit."

"We are probably going to use this next week to sit down and if there is an opportunity to filter it down the number of teams we are working with, we will do that too."

At one point, Young was thinking about waiting until the spring to sign. Now it looks more likely that a decision could come in the near future.

"If we are able to further sift through this process and if this process unveils that maybe some of those schools are not going to be in our final selection, we aren't afraid to make a decision sooner than later," Mahone said.

"If there is a clear choice after we go through some more discussion then absolutely we would make a decision," he said.

Young, a five-star recruit, is regarded as the No. 8 overall player in the 2013 class.

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