Apr 7, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard/forward James Young (1), Aaron Harrison (2), and Marcus Lee (00) leave the floor after losing to the Connecticut Huskies 60-54 in the championship game of the Final Four in the 2014 NCAA Mens Division I Championship tournament at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Draft rumors: James Young’s grandfather says decision won’t be rushed


In a recent interview with Central Kentucky News, Kentucky Wildcats fans got some good news after a conversation with the grandfather of freshman James Young, who many believed would be on his way to the 2014 NBA Draft where he is projected to be a mid-first round pick.

According to Young’s grandfather, Sean Mahone, the goal for Young was never the NBA, but simply winning a national championship. Because of that, he plans on allowing emotions to settle before making a big decision.

“We feel blessed. Everybody wants to be part of the championship game experience. That means you might not be on the right end of the final game, but who wouldn’t rather be there with a chance than not even being in the game,” Mahone said.

“Honestly for us, right now it has been such an emotional roller coaster ride and we are seeing so much through James’ eyes. We are not rushing to make any decisions.”

In fact, Young’s family hasn’t been paying attention to the point where they are unsure when an official decision will need to be made.

“I am not even certain what the deadline is for deciding. That shows how we are not fixated on the draft. That is just an innocent admission of where we are and what we have been thinking about,” Mahone said. “It’s just been chaos the last few weeks during this incredible run with a lot of late night worries and anxiety and then some great, great moments. That was our focus, not next year.”

Of course, none of this means that Young will be returning to Kentucky, but it does leave the door open for the possibility.

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