It’s officially official. Trae Young is a Sooner.
The Norman (Okla.) North five-star point guard faxed in his letter of intent Wednesday afternoon and is 100 percent staying home.
Young, ranked No. 21 in the Scout 100, actually couldn’t even have a hometown celebration. He is one 24 high school seniors taking part in the Jordan Brand All-Star Classic on Friday at the Barclays Center. But he did fax the letter in so everything is squared away.
“Trae is a terrific all-around player and will be a great addition to our program,” said head coach Lon Kruger in a press release. “He can obviously score a lot of points, but more importantly he is all about winning and making his teammates better. He has grown up a Sooner fan and gotten to know our players very well over the past few years.
“His decision to attend the University of Oklahoma speaks to Trae’s loyalty to his hometown and university, and his confidence in his new teammates. We’re excited for Trae and our entire signing class as they join the OU basketball family.”
Young is coming off another fantastic season for the Timberwolves and is the highest-ranked signee in Kruger’s tenure at OU. Young averaged 42.6 points per game with 5.8 rebounds and 4.1 assists. For the second year in a row, he earned Gatorade Oklahoma Player of the Year honors.
Young is the lone backcourt representative for OU’s 2017 class as Kruger went big the rest of the way. Harrah’s Brady Manek, ranked No. 96 in the Scout 100, and Finland’s Hannes Polla already signed with the Sooners back in November.
Young committed nearly two months ago but had to wait until Wednesday for the first day of the spring signing period. He is the state’s ninth representative in the McDonald’s All-American Game and the fifth in-state prospect to pick the Sooners.
Manek averaged 24.3 points and 11.6 rebounds per game as a senior in leading Harrah back to the state tournament. Polla, a three-star prospect, averaged 12.9 points and 9.3 rebounds for Helsinki Basketball Academy.
OU’s class is ranked No. 16 by Scout for 2017.
(Sooners Illustrated will have more about OU’s class Thursday when Kruger addresses the media)