Young makes second trip to 'second home'

2017 PG enjoys visit to hometown Sooners this weekend

Oklahoma definitely holds a special place for Trae Young.

That doesn’t mean that Young, who took his second unofficial visit the short trip to Oklahoma’s campus last weekend, is a sure-fire commit for the Sooners.

The 2017 point guard prospect out of Norman North High has been watching the Sooners since Kelvin Sampson and Blake Griffin were in crimson, and although Oklahoma is near the top of his list, he’s not guaranteeing that he’ll be wearing the same uniform just yet.

“Right now, I’m just looking at all of them,” Young said. “They are really equal to me right now. I’m just enjoying the process and everything. I’m looking at everything as carefully as I can. . . . I really like coach (Lon) Kruger, and we have a really good relationship. Me and coach (Chris) Crutchfield have a really good relationship.”

Young called Oklahoma his second home. His first home is just 10 minutes away from campus, and he made his second official visit of the fall this weekend, taking in practice, talking to coaches and watching the Sooners’ football game against Kansas State.

He came to the Tennessee game and expects to make another visit during basketball season.

“It’s not very far at all,” Young said. “It’s kind of crazy that now they’re recruiting me, and they offered me. . . . I used to remember when I was a little kid, I always wanted to be a Sooner. It’s crazy now.” Young has made recent trips to Kansas and Oklahoma State – both within the past month – and visited SMU in early September. He has also visited Houston and Tulsa.

The point guard holds offers from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, SMU, Texas Tech, Houston, UConn and Tulsa.

“They want me to spend as much time as I can with them,” Young said of the Oklahoma coaching staff. “They really like me, and they want to keep recruiting me as hard as possible.”

The feeling is mutual, even though Young wants to enjoy his recruitment and said he is still a few years from making a decision.

“I really like OU, and I really like the campus and the coaching staff,” said Young, who added that his parents would “love it” if he stayed close to home. “The way they play fits my type of game. It’s still a few more years before I make my decision. Right now, I really like OU. They’re up there.”

Young will begin his sophomore season with the Timberwolves in November, and at 6-foot-1, he already looks the part of a college player. His offers tell the same story.

He still sees a little room for improvement.

“I’m trying to perfect everything that I do every day,” Young said. “I’m just focusing on my strength and building my body up to the point that when that time comes, I’m able to step right in and play with those guys so it’s not that big of a change. That’s the main focus: Strength and building up my body.”


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