Apr 6, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard/forward James Young (1) speaks during a press conference during practice before the championship game of the Final Four in the 2014 NCAA Mens Division I Championship tournament at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NBA Draft: Kentucky freshman James Young declares for draft


James Young is foregoing the rest of his eligibility and will enter the 2014 NBA draft after one season with the Kentucky Wildcats.

Kentucky’s roster was flooded with as many as eight NBA draft hopefuls as John Calipari’s team put on a clinic during March Madness en route to finishing as the national runners-up, losing to the Connecticut Huskies in the National Championship Game.

It was Young who looked like the best player on the court in that game as he put up 20 points and seven rebounds to back up his 17-point performance against the Wisconsin Badgers in the Final Four meeting.

Young ranks No. 17 on Chad Ford’s big board on ESPN.com and thinks he will fall in the 12-24 range in the draft. Ford said he would be a “surefire” lottery pick if he was a better shooter.

The 6-7, 200-pound guard-forward averaged 14.5 points on 40.7 percent shooting and 4.3 rebounds per game for Kentucky this season.

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