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

Young announced his decision Thursday in a noon ceremony at his high school gymnasium. "I can't wait to start working with him". He joins three-star Harrah senior forward Brady Manek to give the Sooners two in-state commits for their 2017 recruiting class. Three-star center Hannes Polla, from Finland, is also committed to the Sooners. "It's always been home to me".

"Shows that guys can come to (Oklahoma)", Young said, "and do the same thing they can at other schools".

"With (the Sooners) being young, I feel like I can come in ... and they can help me as much as I can help them", Young said.

Young is coach Lon Kruger's biggest catch - Buddy Hield wasn't almost as highly recruited coming out of high school. This recruiting process has been very long and very tough.

"Coach Kruger, I love his excitement", Young said. 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. With Kameron McGusty and Kristian Doolittle being two of the top freshman in the country this year, they have been outstanding.

On top of becoming a potential impact player for Kruger, Young is arguably the Sooners' most high-profile commitment since signing future NBA All-Star Blake Griffin nearly a decade ago. He likes the playing style of Oklahoma and says Kruger, "lets his guards play the way I want to play".

Although OSU couldn't land Young over OU, it gets a quick shot at payback. Even with all that, this decision was mostly about family. Growing up, I never played on a losing team and that won't change now.

Young will immediately bring an elite scoring threat to an OU team that now ranks eighth in the Big 12 in three-point percentage, ninth in scoring, and dead last in field goal percentage.


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