Michigan native James Young has always been a Wildcat

James Young - photo from McDonald's
James Young – photo from McDonald’s

His homestate school was playing for a national championship Monday night, but probably wasn’t paying that much attention.  The Detroit-area native didn’t grow up a Wolverines fan, despite the Ann Arbor campus being just an hour’s drive from his house.

has taken nearby State to six Final Fours and won a national championship in Young’s lifetime, but he wasn’t a Spartans supporter either.

While his friends wore green or maize, Young preferred blue.

“It’s always been my school,” the McDonald’s told the Herald-Leader last week. “I’ve had stuff forever. Even before Calipari, I always used to watch them — it was my dream school. So when he called and wanted me to go there, it was a blessing.”

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