James Young kept Kentucky in the game early. While not receiving the hype that Randle, Parker, and Wiggins have had since high school, he demonstrated a poise and simplified game that translates to the NBA level. The left-handed shooting guard was able to open up space in the paint by knocking down open three-point shots with excellent form. He showed aggression throughout the game, being able to shred the defense with quickness and finish effectively around the hoop.
Defense was lacking all game long from the Kentucky guards, including Harrison, but the physical tools are there. He has the wingspan, size, and quickness to stay in front of guards when he puts his mind to it. Against Michigan State, his mind wasn’t in it. He gambled a lot on defense and lost often. He was slow to react when Gary Harris went away from the screen on a high pick-and-roll situation and gone blown by Harris and Appling all game long. Still, the foundation of skills are there; perimeter shooting, aggression, quickness, size, and wingspan.
He’s not considered as much of a standout compared to Aaron Harrison and Andrew Harrison, but he clearly outplayed both. He finished with 19 points and 4 rebounds on 7 of 16 shooting from the field.