There were reminders Tuesday evening that life is almost back to normal for Norman (Okla.) North point guard Trae Young.
Young, a five-star prospect ranked No. 22 in the Scout 100, is one of the few in the top 100 who will sign during the second signing period in the spring instead of the initial one last month.
He was busy during the fall, taking visits to Oklahoma, Kansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech, but Tuesday was about the Timberwolves.
After coming oh so close to a state title in 2016, Young began his senior season with a bang. He scored 44 points, including hitting six 3-pointers, and had six steals in Norman North’s 89-53 win against Stillwater.
It will be a period of transition for Norman North. The school is coming off its best football season in history and making it to the state title game last week so safe to say several of those players are still in football shape.
Then there’s Young, who looked like he was ready from the jump. He didn’t force the game. He tried to get his teammates involved, but he knew when to create his own opportunities offensively and when to step it up a notch defensively.
Following the game was a reminder that recruiting is still lurking. It’s going to be rare when Young will play and not have one college coach in the building.
This time around it was OU coaches Lon Kruger and Chris Crutchfield to go along with Oklahoma State assistant Lamont Evans. Kruger even took a group picture with the Norman North student section at half.
So yea, the goal will be for Young to try to stay focused on his senior season, while at the same time knowing a decision could be just around the corner.
Here’s a collection of Young images by Sooners Illustrated from the season opener.