One of the top college basketball prospects in America, Rochester High School's James Young has opted to play his college ball for John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats according to a report by The Associated Press.
The 6'6" Young is listed as the No. 9 prospect nationally in the 2013 class by Scout.com, and announced his decision live on ESPNU on Thursday. Young ultimately chose the defending champion Wildcats over suiting up for Tom Izzo and his hometown Michigan State Spartans, in addition to spurning offers from both Syracuse and Kansas in order to head to Lexington.
Though the Spartans were always among the favorites to land the talented scoring guard, Scout.com's Evan Daniels indicated on Thursday that Michigan State informed Young not to even bother with an official visit at all. Young's addition now gives the Wildcats three of the 10 highest-rated players set to hit the college ranks next fall, and forces Izzo and the Spartans to continue their lengthy search for a big-time recruit in the 2013 class.