Michigan State in pursuit of James Young

The Nike EYBL has yielded a host of premium performers this season; none bigger than wing man James Young (Troy, Mich./Troy). We slipped Young into our top 10 of the 2013 class earlier in the year and he’s not done moving up. Young sounded almost naively surprised with his own success.

“The competition moved up a lot and I wasn’t expecting it to be this good,” Young said.

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo wouldn’t let him out of his sight last weekend in Hampton, Va., and should Young remain in-state, the Spartans would be the pick. However, Young’s got options and he intends to check them out. “I have a lot of colleges looking at me but I’m staying open,” Young said. “My top three so far is Kansas, Kentucky and Ohio State.”