James Young Enjoys Kentucky, Down to 4 Schools; Oak Hill Guards Thornwell, Iroegbu Announce (UPDATED)

Adam Zagoria

James Young enjoyed his weekend visit to Kentucky and is considering taking an official visit there Oct. 12 for Big Blue Madness.

“That is the date that we’re looking at,” Sean Mahone, Young’s Godfather, told SNY.tv Monday. “We haven’t committed to it but that’s the date that I know we were asked.”

Kentucky is also expected to host 6-9 California 2013 forward Marcus Lee and 2014s Cliff Alexander and JaQuan Lyle, and may also host the Harrison Twins. Lee is down to Kentucky and California and had an in-home visit Sunday with Cal coach Mike Montgomery.

The Rivals No. 2 shooting guard in the Class of 2013 out of Rochester (Mich) High, Young will also take an unofficial visit to Michigan State “within a week,” Mahone said.

“We have plans over the next week to go visit Michigan State,” he said.

Young is now working with a list of Kentucky, Michigan State, Syracuse and Kansas — and has not cut his list to two schools, despite some reports.

“James hasn’t narrowed it down to two schools and he certainly hasn’t narrowed it down to Syracuse and Kentucky,” Mahone said. “The remaining four are Kentucky, Kansas, Michigan State and Syracuse.”

As for the Kentucky visit, it went well.

“It was a great visit,” Mahone said. “We had an opportunity to visually validate and witness firsthand the quality of their program, the facilities, the basketball facilities, the academic facilities, the entire campus. It was first-hand, top-notch. We were very impressed with it.

“It’s very clear why the University of Kentucky continues to have the level of success that they’ve had for a long time.”

Visits to Syracuse and Kansas have not yet been planned.

“Over the next week we’re going to sit down and map out the next steps requiring official visits,” Mahone said. “We had an opportunity over this past week to visit Kentucky and then we’ll sit down as a family and really evaluate where we are with all the schools and map out the plan from there.”

A pair of Oak Hill guards committed on Monday, taking two more players off the board.

Shooting guard Sindarius Thornwell picked his home state South Carolina Gamecocks over N.C. State.

“I felt comfortable with Coach Frank [Martin] and I believe in him,” Thornwell told the South Carolina 247 Sports site. “I feel closer to them than I do to North Carolina State.”

The 6-foot-5 Thornwell played well on the summer circuit, going for 38 points and 13 boards in one game at the NIke Global Challenge.

“He has a huge upside,” Oak Hill coach Steve Smith said before the commitment. “He is learning what working hard and getting his body in shape means. We are demanding a lot from him and he has responded for the first time in his young basketball life.”

“He is a scorer who is improving his perimeter shooting. He is a great on-the-ball defender who is learning to guard screens and be a great help defender as well.”

Earlier Monday, Oak Hill point guard Ike Iroegbu committed to Washington State over Virginia Tech.

“Ike is a point guard  who can slide over and play some two guard minutes with his ability to really stroke it,” Smith told SNY.tv. “He can really guard the basketball and disrupt things for opponents. He thrives in the open court in transition.”

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Iroegbu is ranked the No. 100 player in the Rivals150.


Binghamton got a commitment from 6-7 SF Magnus Richards of Fishburne (Va.) Military, sources told SNY.tv….Louisville assistant Wyking Jones and Kansas assistant Joe Dooley were in Monday to see 2015 St. Benedict’s G Isaiah Briscoe…Fordham head coach Tom Pecora saw St. Ben’s PF Denzell Taylor…St. John’s coach Steve Lavin met Monday with Ish Wainright’s parents in Kansas City, and watched his little brother play. As first reported by SNY.tv, Wainright is down to St. John’s, Texas, Baylor and Ohio State. He will take an official to Ohio State this weekend…6-3 Baltimore G Daquein McNeil has committed to FIU

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