Kentucky Wildcats Land 5-Star SG James Young

Matt Overing@@MOveringContributor IIIOctober 11, 2012

July 13, 2012;Alexandria, VA USA;USA Midwest forward James Young (12) during the game against USA West during the Nike Global Challenge at Episcopal High School. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE

Lock it up.

James Young will be a Kentucky Wildcat.

Young announced his decision just one week after the Harrison twins picked Kentucky, according to Ben Roberts of

The timing of this announcement is pristine for Young and his family. They took an unofficial visit to Kentucky just two weeks ago, and now they have a chance to go to Big Blue Madness, which is scheduled for tomorrow night.

There was very little suspense for this announcement, according to Evan Daniels of

Michigan State told James Young to not bother with a visit. Pulled out. Kansas & 'Cuse never got visits. No suspense here.

— Evan Daniels (@EvanDanielsFOX) October 11, 2012

It's safe to say that no recruiting class can rival what John Calipari has put together in the month of October.

Aaron and Andrew Harrison, two 5-star guards, committed on Oct. 4. 

Young, ranked No. 5 in the Class of 2013 by ESPN, was widely considered to be the best shooting guard recruit remaining. His commitment puts the Wildcats on pace to have one of the best recruiting classes in the history of college basketball.


ESPN has shooting guard Aaron Harrison ranked No. 4. overall, and his brother, point guard Andrew Harrison, ranked No. 2. overall.

That's three top-five recruits for Kentucky in the span of a week.

And it may not stop there.

Julius Randle (No. 3), Aaron Gordon (No. 6) and Noah Vonleh (No. 7) are all considering the Wildcats as a destination. A post presence is the next step for Calipari, and these three elite options are all possible targets.

Outside of the top ten, Jermaine Lawrence (No. 17), Kennedy Meeks (No. 18), Tyler Roberson (No. 25) and Marcus Lee (No. 28) all have their eyes on the Wildcats.

Let's not forget about Andrew Wiggins.

The all-world talent in the 2014 class—Wiggins would be the No. 1 player in 2013, should he reclassify—is also considering Kentucky.

We know that Kentucky has a great class already, and will be one of the top two classes for 2013 (there's a small chance that Florida or Kansas could grab Jabari Parker and/or Randle), but how will Calipari play all of this talent?

Current Kentucky players may not go pro after the 2012-13 season. But at this rate, that just means more depth for Calipari—something he hasn't had in Lexington since his first season. 

Young would likely play small forward next season, alongside the Harrison twins (if recruiting ended today and Ryan Harrow and Archie Goodwin both entered the 2013 NBA Draft). 

Two scenarios would bump Young out of the UK starting lineup: a Wiggins commitment or a Goodwin return.

Even with either of those players in the starting five, Young would still receive a heavy dose of minutes—comparable to Darius Miller in the 2011-12 season, somewhere around 25 minute per game.

We'll have to wait and see what Calipari does to round out the 2013 class. This class is still very much unfinished, and none of these players have signed on the dotted line.

Right now, Big Blue Nation has to love where the program stands with the nation's top recruits.


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