Boston Celtics Pick James Young in 2014 NBA Draft

| June 26, 2014 | 1 Comment

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After a memorable freshman season with the Kentucky Wildcats, James Young declared for this year’s NBA Draft.

He’ll now venture from Lexington to Boston after the Boston Celtics picked him with the 17th overall pick.

The Rochester Hills, Michigan native knocked down a squad-best 82 3-pointers, the seventh most in a single season in program history and second most by a UK freshman.

He shot 42.6 percent from behind the arc and better than 85 percent from the free-throw line in the NCAA Tournament.Young averaged 18.5 points and 6.0 rebounds in the Final Four en route to Final Four All-Tournament Team honors.

Young also collected All-SEC Second-Team and All-SEC Freshman Team honors.

“My time at Kentucky has been special to me, something I’ll always treasure, but I feel that I’m ready to take the next step to the NBA,” Young said after declaring for the draft. “I’ve learned more this year, on and off the court, about life from Coach Cal and the staff and appreciate all of their guidance and support.

“I can’t say enough about my teammates; the journey helped us build a bond that we will always share for the rest of our lives.  I would like to thank the best fans in the country, the Big Blue Nation, and I hope you guys will continue to support me as I move on. I will always bleed blue. Succeed and Proceed!”

Young was a vital member of a UK squad that made a shocking run through the NCAA Tournament, and it was filled with many memorable moments that ultimately helped UK advance to the NCAA National Championship.

Here’s what the depth chart with Boston looks like:

Shooting Guard Avery Bradley* Jerryd Bayless** Chris Babb
Small Forward Jeff Green Chris Johnson Keith Bogans** Gerald Wallace
*Restricted Free Agent **Free Agent

It looks like Young will have plenty of opportunities at both small forward ans shooting guard to earn playing time.

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