If you’ve been following NBA mock drafts recently from people who tend to be in the know, you’ve probably been seeing Kentucky Wildcats forward James Young slipping in some of them.
That’s because Young was involved in an apparent car crash that, while not serious, did injure him to the point he’s missed a number of pre-draft workouts, according to ESPN’s Chad Ford.
James Young was in a minor car accident. Caused him to miss his last 5 workouts. He’s OK. But may explain his recent draft slide
— Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) June 26, 2014
Given Ford’s recent track record of embellishing his reports, it’s possible Young was involved in a fender-bender after he was done doing workouts. It’s not uncommon for prospects to decline workouts closer to the draft.
Julius Randle declined a workout with the Celtics, and Ford made it sound as though Randle did so to attend a GQ photo shoot, which he’s denied. In other words, don’t be surprised if Young was really injured in a car crash, or if this was another attempt by Ford to make his report more attractive.
This past season with the Wildcats, Young 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, helping UK advance all the way to the NCAA National Championship. Young averaged 18.5 points and 6.0 rebounds in the Final Four en route to Final Four All-Tournament Team honors.
He also did this:
Young also collected All-SEC Second-Team and All-SEC Freshman Team honors. Hopefully, this is just a minor setback that actually allows him to go to a more stable team in the latter part of the first round, rather than a potential bottom-feeder like the 76ers (sorry Nerlens), Bucks or Timberwolves.
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