Is James Young Kentucky’s best player?

Walter Cornett January 9, 2014
James Young - photo by Walter Cornett | WildcatWorld.com

James Young – photo by Walter Cornett | WildcatWorld.com

David Schuh of KyKernel.com thinks so.  From David:  “James Young is UK’s best player.

He many not be the most NBA-ready or the most athletic, but night in and night out, he proves why he is the player the Cats need the most.

Wednesday night was a perfect example. After nearly notching a double-double by halftime, Young made plays all over the court, finishing with 26 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and two steals in an 85-63 win over Mississippi State University.

It’s not just about his points. It certainly isn’t just about his 3-point shooting.

He plays more minutes than anyone else. He takes more shots than anyone else. His presence is felt all over the court, more consistently than anyone else.”

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Walter Cornett, of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, is the owner and operator of Walter’s Wildcat World. He founded WildcatWorld.com in 1998 making it one of the oldest Kentucky basketball fan sites in operation today.


90 comments
Shanna Turner
Shanna Turner

He's my favorite this year! Great job James!

Bill Spence
Bill Spence

Hope UK does not have a BEST player but all of them play as one. Some may play better at times than the others but all play as good as possible at all times.

Cregg Castle
Cregg Castle

If these kids would play with half the heart Josh Harrelson did they would be ok

Kristie Frederick Daugherty
Kristie Frederick Daugherty

Ummm...yes. How easy is that question? Just the fact that he gives 110% every single possession, and is really the only one to do so. Sort of funny that he is also the one player who has always dreamed of playing for Kentucky and he LOVES the program. Sheer talent may get you to a good college program, but from there on it is about 5% talent and 95% hard work and total dedication to believing in your school and your team. Just like in real life: it is the hardest workers who make it to the top. Remember the "Unforgettables," UK fans. They were several KY boys who cared and worked their butts off. Young does the same. I'm tired of these kids who are one and done. In all truth Polson should he starting. He provides leverage, experience, and leadership. He doesn't have to score - but he can manage the team. But the whole season will be based upon, perhaps even forfeiting wins, to develop Harrison. In my opinion that's a joke. Play who can get you wins now. Harrison is erratic and shows no consistent leadership.

Estelle Dean
Estelle Dean

Every game a different player proves himself. Give it time. Lets give this a team effect. Love them all. When Coach finish with them, they will all be excellent and team leaders. God bless them all.

Cregg Castle
Cregg Castle

Yes, he's the only one that stays under control!!!

Shirley Ward
Shirley Ward

Gives a 110 percent to the game ! Love to watch him play !

Jan Chumbler
Jan Chumbler

He was definitely the best one last night!! Who knows who will step up on Saturday? Great bunch of guys!!

Jonathan D. Ross
Jonathan D. Ross

He is a leader and not selfish and I play maker. Fun to watch. Plays lose and has fun!!

Angela M Kelley
Angela M Kelley

Sure was last night. I think Randle has a lot to prove yet. There are a lot of talented boys on this years team but I think Young is right at the top.

Freddie Strode
Freddie Strode

I think Randle is and he will ...prove it by march ...I think young is great

Patty Morris
Patty Morris

The problem with giving status to one player over another is it becomes all about the player and everyone forgets it is a team effort. They are all good players, they are young and have come a long way with much further to go.

Terry Lynn Holbrook
Terry Lynn Holbrook

I would said most valuable because he does so many different things for the team, shoot, free throws, rebounds, defense, all around great player

Matt Keltner
Matt Keltner

Young! He represents Kentucky better than any other incoming freshmen.

Chasity Prater Rhodus
Chasity Prater Rhodus

YES!!! (At least he is to me...). He didn't "play around" waitin' to announce who'd he'd picked to play college ball for...feed in' that ego, like A LOT of young college athletes do (BTW, not to say that's not ok...) BUT, when Cal offered him a spot to play for our Ky Wildcats...that was all it took! He was CAT, from DAY ONE!! He didn't even consider the rest!!! That should show Ky Fans, he's here to play, learn, and BECOME the BEST player possible at the BEST college basketball program in history!!!

William Brown
William Brown

Neck and neck with Aaron Harrison, James Young and Julius Randall

Chad Neal
Chad Neal

I think so! Because he loves UK, listening to him talk about how he grew up a UK fan in Michigan that's great! And he represents the Name on the Jersey not the jersey representing his name..

Randall Austin Tucker
Randall Austin Tucker

randel turns over alot and takes shots with three in front of him and one on his back lol time to pass a lil more

Janie Stewart
Janie Stewart

He was last night. I don't think Randell is.

Sterling G Barker
Sterling G Barker

Anthony Ruark are u on Crack, Hawkins is our best scrapper. That's not the best player. The Best is Julious Randell. How can so many Fans get this question wrong. It's not Randell the guards can't get him the hall. Thats why Randell will be 1st team All American this year Not James Young. I Luv James Young great player and showed it last night. He got his second double double last night. Randell got his 2nd double double 2nd game of the year.....THIS A NOBRAINER...Julious Randell is UKs BEST PLAYER!!!!!!

Glen Steenbergen
Glen Steenbergen

Yes, he never got as much ink & had to recruit himself to UK, but he has been M V P thus far.

Mike Lee
Mike Lee

He scored double digits. I'm more impressed with his rebound and assist. James, Willie and Alex sees the whole floor. 17 points I think James had, 9 rebounds and 5 assist. And the best thing; he was the only one hustling the first 15 minutes. Until Alex and Hawkins came off the bench. I apologize; Willie was hustling. Maybe coach should change starting line up. Maybe it will light a fire under the starters ass. They need to start the game fired up. First seven shots were threes. Nobody wanted the ball except young. That has to stop. Can't start every game down 10-15 points down. That will blow up in our faces; letting teams get a big lead every game, at the start. Go big blue

Karen RB
Karen RB

Yup...I think so...he was awesome last night

Martin Pendleton
Martin Pendleton

To this point I would say "YES" ... Randle is gonna "HAVE" to adjust !!! The twins are hit or miss at major times ... Stein is playing real WELL ... Poythress has the "POTENTIAL" just got to bring it out !!! Johnson is gonna be a difference if he plays like he did last evening !!! Hawkins is gonna do well also !!

Linda Smith Saffer
Linda Smith Saffer

I think Willie is the most consistent player we have. He comes to play every time we hit the court.