Oklahoma, Lon Kruger score big as 5-star Trae Young picks Sooners

17 February, 2017, 00:35 | Author: Nora May
  • Norman North's Trae Young received the honor of All State basketball player of the year for 2016 in Oklahoma. TYLER DRABEK  For The Tulsa World

It only made sense, then, Young, a five-star point guard from Norman North, announced his commitment to OU on Thursday in a Norman North gym, choosing the Sooners over Oklahoma State and Kansas to raucous cheers from the couple of hundred of peers, teachers and OU fans filling the gym.

Oklahoma is the hometown choice for Young, who was essentially deciding between the Sooners and Kansas.

Young, ranked No. 15 overall in the Class of 2017, according to ESPN.com, is a Norman, Okla., native.

Five-star recruit Trae Young verbally committed to play college basketball at Oklahoma, he told Scout.

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Young and his parents - Candice and former Texas Tech standout Rayford - visited KU on October 21-23.

"Oklahoma is the place where I feel I'll reach my highest potential", said Young, who was recently named to the McDonald's All American and Jordan Brand Classic Games. "Coach (Lon) Kruger, I love the excitement".

In making his announcement at Norman North at mid-day on Thursday, Young said it has been a very long process, but he came to peace with his decision several days ago. I know what I'm getting.

That's why John Calipari made the right gamble in taking Green in the fall vs waiting to potentially be spurned by Young in the spring and be left in a really bad spot for next year. "It's always been home to me". "Not necessarily be a Buddy Hield or a Blake Griffin but be a Trae Young and be a leader and help these guys and they would also help me with their experience in the Big 12 and the college game". "They're going to be able to spend every moment with me". Young joins No. 96 Brady Manek and three-star center Hannes Pöllä to make up what is now the No. 16 recruiting class in the country. That also played a role in feeling at home with the Sooners.

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