Oklahoma basketball has been knocking on the door of that superstar recruit for the last couple of years under Lon Kruger.
The Sooners used to be laughed at when it came to five-star recruiting battles, but it’s a different ballgame now.
OU was in the conversation for Julius Randle a few years back and last year with Marques Bolden. Now? All the attention turns toward Norman (Okla.) North point guard Trae Young.
Ranked No. 26 in the Scout 100, Young released his final six Wednesday evening. Not a top six, but a final six as he continues to narrow it down.
When you look at the list, though, three of the schools seem like token finalists and three of them seem to be as legit as you can possibly get.
*Oklahoma State – You just haven’t heard Young talk a lot about the Cowboys throughout this process. Add in a coaching change (a necessary one at that), and there hasn’t been a lot of time to foster a relationship with the new crew in Stillwater. Felt like Young was being nice to the other in-state school that has recruited him.
*Washington – This obviously stems from the friendship with fellow five-star recruit Michael Porter. Young and Porter have torn it up as part of MoKan Elite. Once upon a time, the duo was considered a package deal. But just like in football, deals rarely occur in basketball. Porter is committed to Washington, which is great for the Huskies. Don’t expect Young to follow.
*Texas Tech – Hate to speak out of turn, but this feels like Young throwing a bone to the school his father played for. The Red Raiders are also going through a dramatic change, following the departure of Tubby Smith. Hard to see Tech beating out the top three schools in this list, especially when you don’t know how things will fare in Lubbock this season.
Oklahoma, Kansas, Kentucky – Seriously, good luck trying to rate those schools. Talking to multiple sources in last couple of weeks, two votes for Kansas, two for OU and one for Kentucky. So what does that tell you? Absolutely nothing.
Hard to speak too much on KU and Wildcats, but you know OU coaches Chris Crutchfield and Kruger were all over the world watching Young play during the evaluation periods this month.
And you can’t overstate what a big deal it was when Young announced earlier this summer he was indeed staying at Norman North and not attending a prep school somewhere far away.
OU hasn’t won the race, but it’s still standing as other schools fall to the wayside. If the Sooners don’t get Young (as it’s still unknown when he will actually announce), they can rest easy knowing they did everything they could to make it happen.