Five-star PG Trae Young is staying home, picks Sooners

Five-star point guard Trae Young won't travel far, heading to Oklahoma.

He’s staying home.

Norman (Okla.) North point guard Trae Young announced his commitment to Oklahoma at a ceremony at the Norman North gym Thursday afternoon.

Young, a five-star prospect ranked No. 21 in the Scout 100, chose OU over Kansas and Oklahoma State in the end although he had numerous offers during the process.

It felt like a battle between the Sooners and Jayhawks for a while, and it is easily the biggest recruiting win of coach Lon Kruger’s tenure at OU.

Last year Kameron McGusty was the top-ranked signee for Kruger during his time in Norman. And now Young will surpass that when he signs in April. Young only committed Thursday as the spring signing period for basketball isn’t until April.

Despite the pressure of balancing the college decision, Young has played lights out for Norman North his senior season. He’s averaging more than 40 points per game, punctuated by a career-high 62-point outing last Friday in a 103-67 win against Edmond Memorial.

The fact it was Memorial is a little coincidental because Young is going to be taking the reins over at OU from a former Edmond Memorial star.

With Jordan Woodard graduating, the baton is being passed from one Oklahoma high school star to another with Young getting the controls for 2017 and beyond.

It was a comfort factor for Young and the Sooners, who is only the ninth McDonald's All-American in the state's history. When asked about why OU was able to always stay in this race, his family would point toward that comfortable feeling they have with Kruger and the team.

It was no secret that Candice Young, Trae’s mother, was very high on OU, especially since Kruger and assistant coach Chris Crutchfield have been there since before Young was in high school.

Young joins a couple of signees with post players Brady Manek (Harrah) and Hannes Polla (Finland). OU risked it all with Young for this class at point guard, but the gamble paid off.

(Sooners Illustrated will have full coverage of Young’s decision all this weekend)

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