C's Young: Stevens 'on me about defense'

C's Young: Stevens 'on me about defense'
August 21, 2014, 5:45 pm
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WALTHAM, Mass. — Everything seems so new to James Young.

The 19-year-old rookie, drafted by the Celtics with the No. 17 pick in the June draft, is learning all he can about his new surroundings.

He has spent time at Fenway Park watching the Red Sox, getting a taste of how much this town loves their pro teams.

Since being cleared for full contact after sustaining a mild concussion in a June car accident, Young has been at the Celtics practice facility working to strengthen both his body and his game for this upcoming season.

And yes, a little face-to-face time with coach Brad Stevens - you know, the man who'll determine just how much if at all Young will play - can't hurt, either.

One of the youngest players in this year's draft, Young should benefit to some degree from being coached by Stevens, whose coaching career has been at the college level minus last season as the Celtics' head coach.

Just like John Calipari challenged Young to continue improving in his lone season at Kentucky, the 6-foot-7 guard/forward is finding it's not all that different with the Celtics and Stevens.

"Coach Stevens has really been on me about defense," Young told CSNNE. "That's how coach Cal was, too."

Because of Young's 7-foot wing span, his potential as a solid defender is clear which can only increase the chances of him seeing time on the floor sooner rather than later.

Shortly after the Celtics drafted him at No. 17, Calipari spoke about his former player to CSNNE.

"He's got a ways to go," Calipari said of Young. "He's 19. "[He's] as fast as anyone in the draft, as long and athletic as anyone in the draft and can really shoot… The people in Boston are going to love him."

Like another former Kentucky player [Rajon Rondo] on Boston's roster, Young has been at his best when the games mattered most.

"Bigger stage, bigger lights, it doesn't matter," Young said.

Calipari added that Young is a quiet player, but "he's got an edge to him on the court. "When it's time to bring it, he brings it."