John Calipari wanted James Young because he doesn’t back down

James Young

From Rochester Hills, Mich., five-star guard had an embarrassment of opportunity as he was recruited coming out of high school.

The University of Michigan played in the  National Championship last year, and won games under the direction of head coach Tom Izzo.

But James Young, the first five-star recruit (per Rivals) in the state of Michigan since the University of ’s Ramar Smith in 2006, drifted 369 miles south to UK, spurning the two state schools within 90 miles of his hometown.

The guard averaged 27.2 points and 16 rebounds with Rochester (Mich.) High School, a Class A Michigan school.

Young said stood out because of head coach ’s offensive style.

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