That's not going to do much to quiet the hype. The University of Kentucky basketball team's most talked-about freshmen of the preseason, guard James Young and forward Julius Randle, put on a show and the Wildcats' likely starting five dominated the Blue-White scrimmage Tuesday night in Rupp Arena. Kentucky mixed and matched rosters, so Blue's 99-71 win over White is inconsequential. What matters is that Young, once a forgotten member of the Cats' historic recruiting class who has emerged as the star of early practices, looked exactly as advertised: the best player on the floor. He went off for 25 points on 11-of-16 shooting and had seven steals, three assists, three rebounds and a block. "I had a lot of confidence, but I guess it's just growing even more," Young said. "I can play with these guys, too, and people are finally noticing that." Randle wasn't far behind. He delivered a series of maneuvers that belied his 6-foot-9, 250-pound size. Two spectacular dunks and plenty of outside game highlighted Randle's 21-point, eight-rebound night. Starting shooting guard Aaron Harrison also impressed with 19 points, six assists and four steals, sinking 3 of 4 3-pointers, and 7-footer Willie Cauley-Stein had 15 points, seven rebounds, five steals, three assists and two blocks. "Things can kind of get haywire when you're out in front of a crowd like that, but I think everybody was composed and played well," Randle said. "Pretty much what y'all saw today is how we get after it in practice." Point guard Andrew Harrison was the only starter who didn't shine, held scoreless on 0-for-2 shooting with just one assist in 10 first-half minutes, but he was hobbled. He sat out the second half with a right knee bruise that has hampered him in recent practices but is not considered serious. Although several players suited up for both sides, the projected starting five — the Harrison twins, Young, Randle and Cauley-Stein — played together on the Blue team for the first five minutes. They blitzed the White team, which initially included McDonald's All Americans Marcus Lee and Alex Poythress, to build a quick 21-6 lead.
James Young, Julius Randle star in Kentucky scrimmage
USA Today | Oct 30