James-Young-2James Young (Screenshot via UK Athletics)LEXINGTON, Ky. (4/17/14) — University of Kentucky freshman All-Southeastern Conference selection James Young will forego his sophomore season and enter his name in this year's NBA Draft.

“My time at Kentucky has been special to me, something I’ll always treasure, but I feel that I’m ready to take the next step to the NBA,” Young said. “I’ve learned more this year, on and off the court, about life from Coach Cal and the staff and appreciate all of their guidance and support. I can’t say enough about my teammates; the journey helped us build a bond that we will always share for the rest of our lives. I would like to thank the best fans in the country, the Big Blue Nation, and I hope you guys will continue to support me as I move on. I will always bleed blue. Succeed and Proceed!”

The Rochester Hills, Mich., native 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. Young averaged 18.5 points and 6.0 rebounds in the Final Four en route to Final Four All-Tournament Team honors.

“I’m excited for James and his family and the decision he’s come to,” head coach John Calipari said. “From day one, the NBA people who came to our practices in the preseason raved about him. He’s done everything we’ve asked of him all season, investing himself in his brothers for the betterment of the team, and I think we all saw the end result in the tournament and Final Four. Whatever team drafts James is not only getting a superb athlete, they are get-ting the ultimate teammate.”

Young collected All-SEC Second Team and All-SEC Freshman Team honors after logging 30 double figure scoring efforts on the season. He received national player of the week honors after delivering a double-double (18 points, 10 rebounds and four assists) against No. 6/4 Louisville in the regular season. He followed that performance with a 26-point, 10-rebound performance in UK’s SEC opener against Mississippi State. It was one of his team high nine 20-point efforts on the season.

The NBA Draft lottery is scheduled for May 20, and the 2014 NBA Draft will take place June 26.

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