College Basketball Recruiting: James Young to Make His College Decision Oct. 11

Matt OveringContributor IIIOctober 10, 2012

July 13, 2012;Alexandria, VA USA;USA Midwest forward James Young (right) drives past USA West forward Torren Jones (left) during the Nike Global Challenge at Episcopal High School. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE

Paul Biancardi of ESPN reported today that five-star shooting guard James Young will make his collegiate choice on Oct. 11, just one week after Aaron and Andrew Harrison made their announcement.


ESPN Top 100 No.5 @james_young will make his college announcement Thur on @espnu @recruitingnation 5-6pm #Kansas #Kentucky #MSU #Syracuse?

— Paul Biancardi (@PaulBiancardi) October 10, 2012


His short list, as Biancardi states, consists of Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan State and Syracuse. 

The product from Rochester, Michigan has always been considered a heavy Kentucky lean, but with the Harrison twins in Lexington, Young could have competition for playing time.

Is that what Young wants? An elite school with elite competition every day in practice? 

His godfather told Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog and that Young "would consider it." 

If that is the case, look no further than Lexington. Given the timing of Young's decision (right after the Harrison twins commitment and right before Midnight Madness across the nation), Kentucky seems like the clear favorite.

Kentucky may be the front-runner, but the other schools on Young's list have their fair share of accomplishments and intrigue. 

Michigan State is where Young is from, and he could build a very strong recruiting class with top ranked Jabari Parker in East Lansing.

Syracuse is known for producing top level shooters, and Young would benefit in their up-tempo offense.

At Kansas, Young could team with experience and youth, if top-ranked power forward Julius Randle chose the Jayhawks.

Each school has a coach that could be in the hall of fame one day. One of those coaches will earn the commitment of the top shooting guard remaining in the class of 2013.