Possible Wolves draft options at No. 13: James Young
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In the lead-up to the June 26th NBA Draft, we are taking a closer look at several prospects the Wolves could potentially select with the 13th overall pick.
Wolves draft prospect profiles
Up next: Kentucky's James Young
Position: Shooting guard/small forward
Height/weight: 6-foot-7, 213-pounds
Mock draft projections:
BleacherReport.com: No. 10 - Philadelphia
ESPN.com (Chad Ford): No. 15 - Atlanta
DraftExpress.com: No. 15 - Atlanta
CBSSports.com (Zach Harper): No. 10 - Philadelphia
CBSSports.com (Gary Parrish): No. 15 - Atlanta
HoopsHype: No. 15 - Atlanta
Stats: Young was Kentucky's second-leading scorer (14.3 points, 4.3 rebounds), behind likely top-10 pick Julius Randle, on a Wildcats squad that turned a late-season resurgence into an NCAA title game run. Young, a 2013 McDonald's All-American, was a potent scorer and source of intensity for Kentucky. However, he wasn't particularly eye-catching with his shooting consistency, going 40.7% from the field, 34.9% (82-of-235) from 3-point range and 70.6% (125-of-177) at the free throw line.
Notes: Young is the third youngest player in this year's draft class. Any team holding a lottery pick that goes with Young would be banking heavily on his potential. There's plenty upside there to explain his top-15 status, but would he fit the Wolves' needs if he were still available at No. 13?
1500 ESPN.com contributor Darren Wolfson has mentioned Young as one of the prospects the Wolves are eyeing. Though it can be said for any draft pick, Young would be a definite work in progress. He has the makeup to play the 2 or 3. Given Minnesota's current roster, one would think the Wolves see him playing more at the 2. One of the downsides on Young is that he can be a liability on the defensive end, especially out on the perimeter.
"James Young was one of the great freshmen at Kentucky this year, and one that NBA scouts want to love. When he's shooting the basketball well, he's a very versatile wing who can play the 2 and the 3 ... The big question for him will be on that jump shot. He's been inconsistent all year. The form looks good, and when it's going in he can be an absolute devastating scorer. But there's been many times when the ball hasn't been falling through the basket."
"Connecting on 45% of his open attempts but just 32% when guarded, Young is an efficient threat given time and space that would certainly benefit from playing in an up tempo offense around established, unselfish scorers who can create that space for him early in his NBA career. Still, he will have to learn the nuances of shot-selection and decision making as he matures, and not fall into the trap or settling for the first look that becomes available like he often did as a freshman."
"Young is an athletic lefty two guard with a sweet shot, and plays with good intensity. Though he ran into some bumps during his freshman season and did not shoot as well as scouts would have liked, he remains UK's second-best prospect and shows a real competitive fire."