Bob Przybylo/Scout

Don't Count Pokes Out On Trae Young

Many are calling it a two-school race between Kansas and Oklahoma for Trae Young but don't count Oklahoma State out when the Norman North standout makes his announcement on Feb. 16.

Listening to various experts on sports talk radio stations today you would assume that the Trae Young sweepstakes is down to just two schools as all of those recruiting gurus speaking said it was down to hometown Oklahoma and Kansas.

Guess what? The expert from Norman picked Young to announce OU on Feb. 16, when he is set to make his decision. The expert from Kansas wasn't as ironclad but he did say that if Young wanted to play for the best coach in the nation and win games he would go to KU.

I'm not going to disagree with either of them, but I will say don't count Oklahoma State out just yet. 

Kansas head coach Bill Self is going to be in Norman tonight to see Young and Norman North host Moore. Heck, it wouldn't surprise me if Lon Kruger were in the house and Brad Underwood as well. We know it is down to those three for Young, who today was notified that he is a semifinalist for the Naismith Award as the High School Boys Player of the Year. Young is one of 10 semifinalist from across the nation. He is also, as many of you know by now, a McDonald's All-American and a selection for the McDonald's game.

No doubt, Kansas and Oklahoma are in this race, but unless Young and his family enjoy wasting time or they are setting up a smoke screen then they have wasted some quality time lately spent with Oklahoma State head coach Brad Underwood and his staff. We know Young has kept up appearances with the Cowboys, but it hasn't drawn as many notes or mentions on the radio as those with the Sooners and the Jayhawks.

I have noticed that Scout expert Evan Daniels, the site's Director of Basketball Recruiting, has never left Oklahoma State out when talking about Young. Not saying that OSU gets the draw on Feb. 16, but if you think Young's valentines so far have only been crimson or blue, well, he has some orange valentines still at this point. 


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