Can James Young be the first shooting guard taken in the NBA Draft?

05/23/2014 01:57 PM

James Young is slotted anywhere between 10-15 in most mock drafts, which’ll equal a nice NBA contract for the 6-foot-7 lefty. But for the sake of competition, will he be the first player selected at his position?

Young is listed as a shooting guard, which puts him in the ranks of Nik Stauskas from Michigan and Gary Harris from Michigan State.

Harris was the clubhouse leader at SG, but after measuring in a 6-foot-4 he’s seen a little slide in draft stock. Stauskas on the other hand has been a slow riser. He’s a legitimate 6-foot-6 and is probably the best shooter and immediate impact guy out of the group.

What potentially separates Young is his length, with a 7-foot wingspan, and athleticism ,shown by a 35.5 inch maximum vertical leap. He has the scoring ability, but will have to fine tune his passing, ball handling and defense. KSTV debated whether or not the UK product can be the first two-guard selected on June 26.


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