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Sooners get boost to basketball team

Kyle Phillips / Norman Transcript
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OKLAHOMA CITY – Trae Young, a highly-coveted high school basketball player at Norman North, has chosen to play for the Oklahoma Sooners next season. Young, the No. 1 prospect in the state of Oklahoma, was selected to the McDonald’s High School All-American team earlier this week and is the No. 2 point guard in the country.

“I’ll be going to Oklahoma,” Young said. “This is the toughest decision I’ve ever had to make in my life. It was so close between two schools.”

The 6-1 senior chose the Sooners over Kansas and Oklahoma State. He is one of 10 semifinalists for the Naismith High School Boys Player of the Year Award presented by the Atlanta Tip-Off Club.

“I just felt the final decision, I felt both schools matched a lot of factors,” he noted. “I had a great relationship with both coaches. Kansas has been recruiting me almost as long as OU has. The ultimate factor was just I felt comfortable being here. I know what I’m getting. I just feel comfortable here. I really like the young guys they have too.”

Young averages 43 points per game this season and poured in 62 points last Friday against Edmond Memorial. Rivals, an online recruiting monitoring service, has him rated as the 14th best player in the country. ESPN has him 15th, and 247Sports ranked him 18th.

“Last year, the run they (Sooners) made and I like the way Coach (Lon) Kruger lets his players play,” he said. “I feel like I’ll be able to get better on the defensive end with Coach Kruger. I felt like I could do everything I want to do as a blueblood right here at home.”

Last year, the Sooners made a run to the Final Four with the help of Buddy Hield, a sharp shooter who was last year’s NCAA Player of the Year. After losing four starters from that squad, Oklahoma is struggling with a 9-16 record. Young should be a boost for the Sooners’ shooting woes next year.OU’s shooting has dipped 3.5 percent from a year ago, including a drop of 7 percent from 3-point range.

Young will make his decision official during when the signing period rolls around in April. He also was highly recruited by many college basketball teams including Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina and UCLA.

He joins a recruiting class that includes 6-7 forward Brady Manek of Harrah and 6-11 center Hannes Polla of Finland.

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