On Feb. 16, Trae Young, the No. 15 recruit in the nation, decided to stay in state with his commitment to the Sooners of Oklahoma University.
Young chose Coach Lon Kruger’s program over powerhouses like Kansas, and Kentucky, as well as in state rival, Oklahoma State.
The 6’2″, 170 pound senior is currently averaging 43 points, five assists and five rebounds a game. He is expected to be the game-changer the Sooners need, a year removed from Buddy Hield’s stellar play. This season, Oklahoma is last in the Big 12 standings.
According to ESPN, Young is the number two ranked point guard in the country. He’s got a high basketball IQ, and a great feel for the game. His offensive skill-set is elite, with the ability to knock down deep range jumpers, and finish in the lane with his signature floater.
At this point, he is much more of a scoring guard, than a distributor but nonetheless, he is capable of making good decisions under pressure.
He can score at will, and has demonstrated that both in high school play and on the AAU circuit.
At the next level, Young will need to continue to improve his speed and quickness, but he has a knack at navigating between defenders, regardless of explosiveness. And with a jump-shot as lethal as his, the transition to the college level shouldn’t be too difficult.
Fans of Big 12 basketball, get ready for Trae Young to follow in the footsteps of Blake Griffin and Buddy Hield as the next big star to come out of Norman.