Young to Enter NBA Draft

James Young greets the crowd during the basketball season celebration at Rupp Arena.
James Young greets the crowd during the basketball season celebration at Rupp Arena.

University of Kentucky basketball freshman has announced that he will forego his sophomore year at UK and enter the NBA draft.

“My time at Kentucky has been special to me, something I’ll always treasure, but I feel that I’m ready to take the next step to the NBA,” Young said.

The 6′ 7″ shooting guard collected All-SEC Second-Team and All-SEC Freshman Team honors after logging 30 double-figure scoring efforts on the season. He received national player of the week honors after delivering a double-double (18 points, 10 rebounds and four assists) against No. 6/4 Louisville in the regular season. He followed that performance with a 26-point, 10-rebound performance in UK’s SEC opener against Mississippi State. It was one of his team-high nine 20-point efforts on the season.

“He’s done everything we’ve asked of him all season, investing himself in his brothers for the betterment of the team, and I think we all saw the end result in the tournament and Final Four. Whatever team drafts James is not only getting a superb athlete, they are getting the ultimate teammate,” Calipari said of Young.

Young’s teammates congratulated him on his decision, including freshman Julius Randle:

(Randle recently denied claims via Twitter that he had made up his mind concerning entering the NBA draft.)

“I would like to thank the best fans in the country, the Big Blue Nation, and I hope you guys will continue to support me as I move on. I will always bleed blue. Succeed and Proceed!” Young said.

The NBA Draft lottery is scheduled for May 20, and the 2014 NBA Draft will take place June 26.

 

 

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