Oklahoma freshman Trae Young could’ve went anywhere he wanted for college as a 5-star point guard out of Norman North High School.
Young garnered offers from blue blood programs such as Kansas, Duke, Kentucky and UCLA. His decision to pass up on those schools, among others, may have come as a shock to some, but Young expounded on his choice to stay home in an ESPN.com article.
“It’s different, for sure,” Young said to ESPN. “Not a lot of people take advantage of that opportunity of being different. A lot of kids that are highly touted coming out of high school like doing the traditional thing and going to the blue bloods and all that, but I was always different growing up. I thought it would be best for me and my family to stay here and do something special here. Be different.”
Young will certainly be different for an Oklahoma team not accustomed to reeling in 5-star commitments, but it’s the same route Blake Griffin took as a highly-touted prospect coming out of high school.
Griffin made the Sooners an instant contender, and so should Young with a young cast of players that went through a lot of growing pains last season sans Buddy Hield, Isaiah Cousins and Ryan Spangler.
Young will get his chance to make Oklahoma basketball relevant again with Oklahoma’s season quickly approaching.