Five-star point guard Trae Young commits to Oklahoma

Trae Young, one of the nation's top point guards, made a pledge to Lon Kruger, Oklahoma on Thursday. Why the Sooners? He breaks down the decision to Scout.

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

“I’ll be going to Oklahoma,” Young said. “This is the toughest decision I’ve ever had to make in my life. It was so close between two schools.”

“I just felt the final decision, I felt both schools matched a lot of factors,” he addedd. “I had a great relationship with both coaches. Kansas has been recruiting me almost as long as OU has. The ultimate factor was just I felt comfortable being here. I know what I’m getting. I just feel comfortable here. I really like the young guys they have too.” To go with official visits to Oklahoma and Kansas, Young, a standout at Norman (Okla.) North, also took official trips to Kentucky, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech during the recruiting process.

“It’s crazy because I was the first point guard to be offered by all these schools, Duke, Kentucky and Kansas,” Young said. “But I didn’t jump to conclusions and commit because of the name on the front of the jersey, I felt like waiting and seeing what OU could do.”

“Last year, the run they made and I like the way coach Kruger lets his players play,” he said. “I feel like I’ll be able to get better on the defensive end with coach Kruger. I felt like I could do everything I want do at a blueblood right here at home.”

Over the summer, Young, alongside Michael Porter, helped lead MOKAN Elite to a Nike Peach Jam championship. Through 24 games in the EYBL, Young averaged 23.2 points and 7.1 assists.

Young brings a blend of scoring and facilitating to the table and he thinks he’s a good fit alongside their talented freshman Kristian Doolittle and Kameron McGusty.

“I think I would be the perfect fit with those guys,” Young said. “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.”

Kruger and his staff have been pursuing Young since his freshman year. In that time period, Young and Kruger built a strong relationship. Young said he loves the passion he coaches with.

“I love his energy,” he said. “His energy brings out the 25 in him. I love his energy and his passion for the game. The way he studies with his players. The way his players get better and he develops. He helps their players and puts his players in the best position for them to succeed and I know he will do the same thing with me.”

Young is regarded as the No. 21 overall prospect and the No. 3 point guard in the 2017 class. Young was selected as a McDonald’s All-American and to the Jordan Brand Classic game.

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

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