According to Chris Forsberg of ESPN.com, Celtics rookie James Young has been cleared to return to basketball activities. The former Kentucky Wildcat sat out the duration of the Orlando summer league, while recovering from a pre-draft car accident.
Young suffered a concussion as well as whiplash in the accident. Boston selected Young 17th overall after taking Marcus Smart with the sixth pick in June’s draft. While the Celtics second first round pick has yet to go through an NBA practice, Smart was one of just two rookies to receive an invitation from the USA Basketball Select Team, the other being Doug McDermott of the Chicago Bulls.
Regarding the crash, in which Young’s car was rear-ended, the 6-foot-6 swingman had this to say, “It really opened my eyes about things and I’m very blessed that I’m here and still playing.”
Young will turn 19-years-old in August and while he has a great deal of potential, the Celtics plan on bringing him along slowly. There is a lot of depth on the wings, including Smart, as Boston’s other rookie will see time playing off the ball as a two guard, in addition to his primary role as a point guard. The team also recently took on a reclamation project, signing swingman Evan Turner, who will further dip into the minutes available for the team’s youngest player.