Published: Fri, February 17, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Point guard Trae Young commits to Sooners

Point guard Trae Young commits to Sooners

Young's commitment to become a Sooner in the fall of 2017 can be likened in magnitude to the recruiting decisions made in year's past by a pair of other highly-touted prospects from the Sooner State: Blake Griffin, from Oklahoma City, and the late, great Wayman Tisdale, from Tulsa. I know what I'm getting. Kruger, 64, has coached at Texas-Pan American Kansas State, Florida, Illinois, UNLV and Oklahoma, where he has been since 2011.

"I've always been a victor". Young said staying home with his family was a factor in the decision.

"This is just home", Young said.

Young - a 6-foot-2 recruit from Norman, Okla. - was the first point guard in the class of 2017 to receiver a scholarship offer from Kentucky Coach John Calipari, but United Kingdom signed two other highly regarded point guards - Quade Green and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander - in November and then shifted their recruiting focus to players at other positions. "The recruiting process has been very long and very tough". I've built relationships with a lot of coaches throughout the years.

Young brings a blend of scoring and facilitating to the table and he thinks he's a good fit alongside their talented freshman Kristian Doolittle and Kameron McGusty.

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"This team has been having a lot of struggling moments", Young said. Young said he loves the passion he coaches with.

Young is the No. 14-ranked recruit in the Class of 2017 at Rivals.com. That also played a role in feeling at home with the Sooners.

"Last year, the run they made and I like the way coach Kruger lets his players play", he said. "I wouldn't change a thing about this".

Young will immediately bring an elite scoring threat to an OU team that now ranks eighth in the Big 12 in three-point percentage, ninth in scoring, and dead last in field goal percentage.

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