The Kansas basketball team has missed out on a five-star recruiting target.
Trae Young, a 6-foot-2 point guard, announced his commitment to Oklahoma in a Thursday afternoon news conference at Norman North High School, snubbing Kansas and Oklahoma State, his other two finalists. He said he was in “a place of peace” with his decision, and called OU that place of peace.
“I wouldn’t change a thing,” Young said of the recruiting process. “I wouldn’t change a thing about this.”
The Sooners and coach Lon Kruger were the first school in Young’s recruitment when the prospect was in eighth grade and play in his home town of Norman, Okla.
“Coach Kruger, I love his excitement. It brings out the 25 year old in him,” Young said. “He’s passionate for the game, he loves the game and I can’t wait to continue to work with him.
“This is just home. This has always been home to me. I’ve built relationships with a lot of coaches throughout the years. The recruiting process has been very long and very tough.”
Young is the No. 14-ranked recruit in the Class of 2017 at Rivals.com. The guard is averaging more than 40 points this season. Young’s father, Ray, played at Texas Tech from 1996-2000, once putting up 41 points in a 1999 game against the Jayhawks in Lubbock.
The Jayhawks, who graduate senior point guard Frank Mason and could lose junior guard Devonte’ Graham to the NBA Draft, will now turn to five-star guard Trevon Duval (No. 3-ranked guard) in an attempt to fill the backcourt void. Arizona, Baylor, Duke and Seton Hall are also involved in the recruitment of Duval, who visited Lawrence on Jan. 31.