With the expected departure of six key players, John Calipari and his staff may have to turn to the junior college ranks to fill voids left by this year’s NBA Draft Cats. Kentucky may not invest much time (if any) in these types of players, but one player has already received preliminary interest from the staff.[B]Andrew Young [/B]took the state of California and the West Coast by storm this season, as he led Monterey Peninsula College to a great season, averaging 22 points and 15 rebounds; these respective totals are state records for the state of California.
Obviously, the skill-set is there for the 6-foot-9 power forward. His coach tends to agree.
“If you have to put a position on Andrew, he is a 4-man. But he has the skills of a 3-man. He shoots the ball well, dribbles well, and runs so well for his size. He is a great player,” Blake Spiering said by phone Thursday. “He has a great motor and desire to get better. He is dedicated and will only get better with time, too.”
To this point, the Kentucky staff has yet to contact Spiering about Young; however, Kenny Payne did contact the JUCO talent a mere week ago.
“I talked to Coach [Kenny] Payne on the phone before the Final Four. I believe there s interest there, but they are waiting on some film to evaluate me. It’s very preliminary, but I do believe the interest is there if they took the time to call me personally,” Young explained.
However, if Kentucky plans to make a splash in Young’s recruitment, they will have to move quickly. He is hoping to have a decision soon.
Young traveled to Texas A&M last weekend, and this weekend he is visiting Oregon. Next weekend he will see NC State for a visit.
“Andrew doesn’t have a set time for a decision, but I believe he will make his choice after he returns from his visit to NC State. I would say somewhere around the 18th-20th of April.
After his next two visits, Young will have one visit remaining if he chooses to take it. As of right now, the visit could be one of two teams.
“If I do take my last visit, it will be Kentucky or Vanderbilt, depending on how much interest each school shows,” Young commented. “I have been talking to Vanderbilt, but they are in the beginning stages, too.”
Relationships are very important for Young to this point, and his coach noted that he has great relationships with Texas A&M, Oregon, and NC State. While it is late, Kentucky could be a player in his recruitment.
“I will be choosing a school for the people, not buildings or anything like that. But Kentucky is one of those schools you have to respect because of who they are. They are one of the few upper-echelon teams in college basketball that includes North Carolina, Duke, Syracuse, UCLA, and all those schools. I would be crazy not to listen to Kentucky.”
Despite making some noise this season, Young is still a bit of an unknown player for every-day fans. The rising junior diagnosed his own game to us:
“I am a scorer and a rebounder. I can do all that, but my best attribute is my motor. You have to want it to get it,” Young began. “As far as Kentucky, I think I would go along similar to Terrence Jones. He is versatile on the perimeter and can pull bigger men out, and I can do the same. He’s bigger than me, but we do some of the same things.”
Kentucky has sold itself for the past few years under John Calipari, but the big stages will not sweep the talented star off his own feet, according to Spiering.
“Andrew is very analytical. He is going to research every situation and make the best decision for him. But for a kid that has about 60 to 75 offers, he can go where he wants. He isn’t the type of kid to be swept off his feet.”
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