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OU pledges Trae Young, Brady Manek eye state tournament berths this weekend

OU basketball pledges Brady Manek and Trae Young are hoping to earn return trips to the state tournament.

Outside of a miracle run in the Big 12 tournament next week, it’s obvious there won’t be a postseason berth for Oklahoma basketball.

But that’s not necessarily the case for its recruits. Harrah (Okla.) High forward signee Brady Manek and Norman (Okla.) North point guard commit Trae Young are both one game away from another trip to the state tournament.

Norman North vs. Midwest City, 6:30 p.m. Friday, at Tulsa Memorial

Just the (un)luck of the draw this year that two of the best teams on the west side will have to go east for such a huge matchup.

Norman North and Midwest City cruised through the regional round, highlighted by Young’s 47-point performance in Saturday’s 82-61 win against Sand Springs.

This is a matchup of the best point guard in the state for 2017 in Young vs. the best 2018 point guard prospect in Keyshawn Embery from Midwest City.

The Sooners had been eyeing Embery for a while, but with Young in the fold, it’s a bit unclear where the two sides sit right now. Embery does not have an offer from OU at the moment.

The game will also feature Scout 300 Midwest City defensive prospect Jalen Redmond, among the more freakishly talented athletes in the state. Redmond has been a major target for OU’s 2018 football class for a while now.

Norman North 2018 three-star receiver Drake Stoops will also be in the game and has played his best basketball of the season in the last two weeks.

It’s not a must-win game for either team as the winner advances to the state tournament, while the loser can earn the berth Saturday evening.

The loser will play the winner of the Owasso-Broken Arrow game, scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday at Tulsa Memorial.

Owasso has been paced by Josh Proctor in helping the Rams get this far. An unquestioned Scout 100 prospect in football, Proctor is very proficient in basketball as well. OU was Proctor’s first football offer back in November 2015.

Harrah vs. Tulsa Central, 8 p.m. Friday, at Stillwater

OU signee Manek is ready to go out in style and will have a chance to earn a return trip to the state tournament this weekend.

Harrah had no problems claiming its regional championship, winning both games by at least 13 points to put itself in the winner’s bracket.

Just like Norman North-Midwest City, this means not a win or go home contest for the Panthers. If they lose, can still advance to the state tournament Saturday evening.

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