Oklahoma Lands Top 20 Recruit Trae Young

Norman North's Trae Young is presented with his McDonald's All America jersey by Michael Hom on Monday
Norman North's Trae Young is presented with his McDonald's All America jersey by Michael Hom on Monday
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17 February, 2017

When it came down to it, Trae Young just couldn't resist his hometown Sooners. He picked the Sooners over Oklahoma State and Kansas.

While those two schools have been vastly different in terms of on-court success and producing National Basketball Association talent, the Sooners were always viewed as a legitimate threat simply because Young was strongly interested in staying home and playing in front of friend and family for his likely-brief college career. "It's always been home to me".

"Coach Kruger, I love his excitement. He's going to give me a lot of freedom, but also teach me the game and expand my knowledge of the game". "This has just been home".

Young opted to stay home and commit to the Sooners, picking Oklahoma over Kansas and Oklahoma State. Young's father, Ray, played at Texas Tech from 1996-2000, once putting up 41 points in a 1999 game against the Jayhawks in Lubbock.

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Young is coach Lon Kruger's biggest catch - Buddy Hield wasn't almost as highly recruited coming out of high school.

"They've been having a lot of struggling moments throughout the season, but they've shown a lot of good signs too", Young said. They're very young. Kam McGusty, Kristian Doolittle, two of the top freshmen in the country. "He lets his guards play the way I want to play". He said he was in "a place of peace" with his decision, and called OU that place of peace. He has a close relationship with Josh and Jalen Crutchfield, sons of Oklahoma assistant coach Chris Crutchfield.

With the addition of Young, the Sooners now have a trio of pledges in their 2017 recruiting class.

"My whole family is excited", Young said. "He's been recruiting me since my ninth grade year". I know what I'm getting. "It's been recruiting process and also some fun times". Young said he loves the passion he coaches with.


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