After in-home visits with the coaches of the four schools on his list, James Young took his first visit when he checked out what Kentucky had to offer over the weekend.
Young is a wing scorer with size
A top 10 prospect out of Rochester (Mich.) High School, Young was plenty impressed with what he experienced at Kentucky according to his God Father Sean Mahone.
"The visit went well," said Mahone. "It was one of those scenarios that was an opportunity to visualize and validate what we have heard about Kentucky. All of it was top notch from the facilities to the academic support for the athletes. It is a well oiled put together program."
Next up for Young, a 6-6, 200-pound shooting guard, is another unofficial visit to Michigan State some time in the next week or so.
Mahone also expects Young to visit the other two schools under consideration- Kansas and Syracuse- but the distance from home makes these trips a little more complicated. Young does have five official visits still at his disposal, however.
Whether or not Young signs in the fall or the spring is now under more debate than it previously was.
"Initially our plan was to let it play out till the spring," said Mahone. "James wanted an opportunity to witness real world situations as I like to put it. He wanted to use his official visits to be on campus and watch a live game. That way he could see what the program is like during the season.
"But in the next couple weeks we are going to sit down and really assess the situation and see where James' heart is. If he comes to a finite and decisive decision, then he will go ahead a commit. We definitely want to respect the recruiting efforts of all the schools and not string anyone along."
James Young scouting report:
At 6-6, 200-pounds, James Young has quality size for a NBA shooting guard. The lefty shoots with deep range and can score at all three levels. He is also dangerous as an offensive rebounder. His defense is based more on his length than his quickness but he will be able to guard both the two and three in college. He compares to a little more athletic version of former Kansas player Xavier Henry.