July 13, 2012;Alexandria, VA USA;USA Midwest forward James Young (right) drives past USA West forward Torren Jones (left) during the Nike Global Challenge at Episcopal High School. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE

Kansas Recruiting: What Does James Young’s Commitment Mean for the Kansas Jayhawks?


As announced earlier tonight, James Young verbally committed to the University of Kentucky. Young will join the likes of Andrew and Aaron Harrison in the Kentucky recruiting class of 2013.

Obviously, this is a huge commitment for the Kentucky Wildcats, but what does it mean for the Kansas Jayhawks moving forward?

Kansas was one of four teams (Kentucky, Michigan State, and Syracuse) on Young’s list before tonight’s commitment. Young was Kansas’ #2 overall target on their recruiting board.

Kansas now has lost two major recruits since October 7th. First off, the best recruit in the whole nation, Jabari Parker, narrowed down his list on Sunday and Kansas was one of the teams to get cut. Then, James Young committed to Kentucky tonight.

Currently, Kansas’ top 3 targets are listed as #3, #6, and #7 on ESPN’s Top 100. Julius Randle is still Kansas’ #1 target, but now Aaron Gordon and Noah Vonleh move up on Kansas’ target list.

In my opinion, the Jayhawks need to make a hard push for Julius Randle. The reason for this is because Kentucky is currently Randle’s top team. KU would be in a very deep hole if Randle was to sign with the Kentucky Wildcats. Also, another reason why Kansas should push for Julius Randle is because the next shooting guard on their target list is Detrick Mostella. Mostella is currently rated at #81 on ESPN’s Top 100.

Kansas is #3 on Mostella’s list, but they have more time to convince Mostella then they do to convince Randle to join the Jayhawks.

Overall, the Young commitment is not good news for the Kansas Jayhawks, but it shows that Kansas needs a little more urgency if they want a Top 5 recruit in the Class of 2013.

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