Five-star guard Trae Young snubs KU basketball, commits to Oklahoma

Jayhawks were among three finalists for Norman North star

Trae Young, a 6-foot-2 point guard, announced his commitment to Oklahoma in a Thursday afternoon news conference, snubbing Kansas and Oklahoma State, his other two finalists. (Screenshot)

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.

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“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 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.

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MARIANNE WESSEL 8 months ago
I fail to see how this is a "snub" to Kansas or Oklahoma State.  He visited both of them and simply chose his home school.  If he'd been asked to visit and didn't, that would be a snub.  Oklahoma sports are strong and love to recruit the hometown boys.  I'll bet he's been rooting for Oklahoma since he was a toddler.  That's just how Oklahoma rolls.  Not to mention that Lon Krueger's a great guy and coach.  Sorry KU missed out, but just don't see the snub.
Roger Wilson 8 months ago
Marianne,  I agree!  The writer called it a "snub" because that gets more people to read it.   The press is always more interested in selling the story than they are with being entirely honest.   Sports is no exception.  
Roger Wilson 8 months ago
Is this the kid whose dad called him better than Seth Curry?   Don't know just asking.  
Maren Ludwig 8 months ago
No. That is the Ball family. They are committed to UCLA. Their oldest brother is the current point guard for UCLA.


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