Norman North's Trae Young Picks OU Over KU & OSU

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

Young's commitment to become a Sooner in the fall of 2017 can be likened in magnitude to the recruiting decisions made in year's past by a pair of other highly-touted prospects from the Sooner State: Blake Griffin, from Oklahoma City, and the late, great Wayman Tisdale, from Tulsa.

The Cowboys had a shot at Young, but they came up short in the end.

One thing I do wonder: Did Young pick OU in part because of uncertainty with about Kansas junior point guard Devonte' Graham's future? He said it was tough to make his final phone calls to Kansas' Bill Self and Oklahoma State's Brad Underwood, and that he made his decision a couple of days ago.

This represents a huge recruiting victory for Lon Kruger and the Sooners, who are now one of the youngest teams in the country, led by mostly freshmen and sophomores, and are suffering through a disappointing 9-16 season after reaching the Final Four less than 10 months ago. "Coach (Lon) Kruger, I love the excitement". He's able to distribute, but from what I've seen (about six games in person), Young likes to get his shot, though he doesn't it force it. I love his energy and his passion for the game.

Young is regarded as the No. 21 overall prospect and the No. 3 point guard in the 2017 class. His high school highlights mainly feature him scoring from every area on the court, but when the competition level is up a notch on the summer circuit, he distributes often and gets his teammates involved.

The 6-foot-2, 170-pound lefty is averaging 43.1 points, five assists and five rebounds a game. In that time period, Young and Kruger built a strong relationship.

"This team has been having a lot of struggling moments", Young said. "I really like the young guys they have too".

Five-star point guard Trae Young is staying home for college.

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