October 18, 2013
Player I'm most excited to see on the court at Big Blue Madness? James Young, because the freshman has received the most hype of anybody -- yes, anybody -- on this ultra-talented Kentucky roster.
"Everybody that walks in the building, the guy that they’re saying is the standout is James Young, like every day," Calipari said at UK's Media Day. "We’ve had NBA scouts in here every day. They’re all speaking about him, and I’m kind of watching everybody so not seeing it."
At first, I thought there was a slight chance Calipari was saying that for some other reason -- to motivate Young, to motivate his teammates, to make sure Young wasn't being overlooked, etc., etc.
But the hype seems real after multiple other people from other perspectives agreed with the assessment.
ESPN's Jeff Goodman: "Talked to several NBA guys at Louisville's practice today. They had been to UK practice already and were impressed with James Young."
ESPN's Jimmy Dykes: "The hype surrounding James Young at Kentucky is real. Can flat out just go get buckets. Long,lefty wired to score."
ESPN's Jason King: "I can say after watching two Kentucky practices that Calipari is NOT over-hyping James Young. He (and) Randle will be two of nation's top five freshmen."