Michigan Eyeing Young In-State Duo

The first games of the new year started Tuesday and just outside of Detroit, Troy High School came up with a solid road win vs. Ferndale on the back of their star sophomore, James Young. The talented youngster is already fielding interest from a number of schools. Michigan already have an eye on him and a talented teammate with a name that Wolverine fans will find familiar.

Michigan's 2013 class has shown an extraordinary amount of depth and depending on what barbershop you're in, there could be numerous youngsters that are top five players.  One name that has been a common denominator over the last year is 6'5" wing James Young.  He was productive throughout his freshman year and on The Family's 15u squad, and hasn't missed a beat four-weeks into the high school season.  Monday night was no different as the lefty put up 28 points in a variety of ways.

Young hit four of eight three-pointers including three in the first quarter.  He had three and-one opportunities, and while he missed two continuations, he was able to connect three of his other four free throw opportunities.  He also showed off his athleticism by catching an alley-oop near the end of the third quarter.  While his ceiling is high, the talented lefty still has a ways to go. That much was evident when he got hung on the rim in the fourth quarter while going up for a break away jam. 

He put together a solid all-around game by adding seven rebounds, three assists, two steals, and two blocked shots.  Two first quarter fouls sidelined him for a few minutes but he was able to pick his when and when not to take chances and finished the game with three fouls.

The smooth shooting sophomore doesn't force the issue and shoots it easily from 22-feet and in (he connected on a 22-footer in Tuesday night's win).  Offensively, Young made quick decisions when facing Ferndale's zones and traps.  He plays at the top of his team's 1-3-1 zone and his length gave Ferndale fits throughout the game.

While he has a lot of skill and his production is evident, his best days are ahead of him. His coordination isn't all there yet, but that will come with time.  Already, though, he has gained the interest of college coaches around the country and he told GoBlueWolverine, "Michigan State, Penn State, Oklahoma, Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan, and Ohio have shown interest in me."

He went on to mention directly after, "I have interest in Michigan." 

Michigan's fans shouldn't fret as Michigan does have plans to see him as well as his teammate, 6'2" freshman Maceo Baston, jr. 

Little Maceo is all arms and legs at this point and with big feet h has a great chance at matching his father at 6'8".  Son and father have very different games, as son is more of wing while Wolverine fans should remember his dad as one of the top shot blockers of his era.

Stay tuned and if you see a couple kids with Troy High School varsity jackets on remember the taller kid is James Young and the one swimming in his coat is Maceo Baston, jr.

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