LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - James Young was back on the practice court at Kentucky Tuesday morning, but this time he was coaching the kids at John Calipari's Pro Camp.
The 17th overall pick in the NBA Draft said that his one year at Kentucky helped prepare him for a a storied franchise like the Boston Celtics.
"Their fan base is just amazing just like Kentucky's," said Young. I feel like I'll be in the same place just like I was here at Kentucky. I feel like they care about their sports a lot just like they do here."
However at his Celtics introductory press conference in late June, Young admitted to not having an extensive knowledge of the Celtics franchise. He's since done his homework.
"I think they got 17 championships so we definitely got to make it 18, and Larry Bird was a great guy that came up there."
Young's pro career got off to a tough start after suffering a concussion following a fender bender in Los Angeles in early June.The concussion caused him to miss all of the Celtics Summer League games in Orlando. He said it was a wake up call.
"Yeah it definitely was because it shows how fast things can change, and it really opened my eyes about things. I'm very blessed that I'm here and get to still play."
Now that he's cleared to play, Young will try to do something he came close to doing at Kentucky, hanging another banner.
"They have a blank one up there. That's like motivation I guess for us to put another championship up there, and that's what we can look forward to every day in practice."