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Young & Clark Talking Package Deal to MSU, Syracuse
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — If Troy Williams and Anthony “Cat” Barber can talk package deals, then why not James Young and Wes Clark?
Clark, a 6-foot point guard from Romulus, Mich., told SNY.tv he and the 6-7 Young have talked about possibly playing together at Michigan State, or maybe Syracuse.
“We’re thinking about going somewhere together, Michigan State and Syracuse,” Clark said after he went for 15 points and 7 assists and Young went for 34 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists as The Family downed Mean Streets, 80-76, Saturday morning at the Peach Jam.
Appropriately enough, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo sat courtside, as did Kentucky coach John Calipari, Kansas coach Bill Self, North Carolina coach Roy Williams, Pitt coach Jamie Dixon and Syracuse assistant Adrian Autry, among others.
“You gotta notice Izzo when he comes in the gym, and the rest of them,” Clark said.
Together, Young and Clark combined for 59 points, 15 rebounds and 14 assists.
Asked how they might do together in college, Clark said, “You see how we do people out here. I think we’d be good.”
He said that he loves playing with Young because of the latter’s ability to score at will.
“Whenever you get in trouble you always got a person that can make a basket at anytime, anywhere on the court,” he said.
“And that’s like a great feeling, just being able to play with him because then he takes a lot of the pressure off.”
Williams and Barber are a wing/point guard combo on Boo Williams and as we covered in this earlier story, they are talking about potentially playing together at Louisville or Alabama if Barber doesn’t go to Kansas.
In the case of Young and Clark, they both have various options.
Kentucky appears to be Young’s dream school and Calipari has watched all of his games here and at last week’s Nike Global Challenge.
“[It makes me feel] honored,” said Young, now sporting a closely cropped haircut. “A lot of guys don’t get that opportunity for him to come out and watch them, so I just come out and play.”
Young could potentially be part of a special 2013 Kentucky class that could include The Harrison Twins, Julius Randle and maybe even Andrew Wiggins.
How special would that be?
“Great class, I don’t think we can be stopped,” Young said. “Honestly if we get that class together, I think we’ll be tough to beat.”
Young also said he’s looking to be a one-and-done.
“I’m just looking for my best college, the one that’s going to get me one-and-done and give me the best opportunity to get out there,” he said.
Young said he’s also considering Kansas, Ohio State, Michigan State, Arizona and Syracuse.
Clark, meantime, lists Michigan State, Syracuse, Pitt, Illinois, USC, Dayton, Xavier and Creighton but said one school has a special place in his heart.
“Michigan State is like our home school so I think about them more than probably anybody,” he said.
Now he just needs to convince Young to join him if he goes there or Syracuse.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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