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Big “Boom” news for the Oklahoma’s men’s basketball program as 5-star point guard, Trae Young has announced his commitment to the Sooners. The Norman native becomes Oklahoma’s highest rated recruit since Keith (Tiny) Gallon in the 2009 class. For Lon Kruger, this signals a much needed turn around. His Sooners have gone through what has been mostly a disappointing season but are coming off a big win against the Longhorns and have now landed 3rd ranked PG in the 2017 class.
Young becomes the 3rd commitment in Oklahoma’s 2017 class. He joins 3-star center, Hannes Polla and 4-star power forward, Brady Manek. As a class, they rank 19th in the nation according to 247Sports Composite.
Big time win for Lon Kruger and staff, given how the season has gone thus far. Given the youth on Kruger’s team, Young won’t be far behind Oklahoma’s playmakers and should be able to compete for the starting PG spot on day one. What will Young bring? Let’s break it down.
By far, Young’s biggest strength is his ability to put points on the board. Probably best known for his range and being a sharp shooter from behind the arc. Off-the-dribble or off-the-pass, Young’s shooting motion is both quick and efficient. He has elite accuracy and once he’s found his rhythm, he can put points on in a hurry. He’s deceivingly quick and very smooth with the ball. When you see his frame, you don’t think he’s a guy that is going to challenge you at the rim, but Young does not back when driving to the basket. It may not be so easy at the next level, but given he has a nice touch on his floater, Young will continue to score in the paint.
Young is a smart and is a crisp passer, particularly in the pick-and-roll which Oklahoma utilizes quiet often. His ability to find bigs in the paint is something that shouldn’t go unappreciated. Young’s accuracy, speed doesn’t seem to drop off when passing with his right or left hand. Maybe most of all, isn’t overly reliant on himself to score. He’s shown he can become a great facilitator with the ball.
Most of all, Young is just a baller. That’s what it comes down to. That’s why he has a 5-star ranking. He may not be perfect, but he has a great feel and instincts for the game, things that can’t be coached. Young is a true scorer and a vital piece that has been missing in Kruger’s system over these past few months. Given what guard, Kameron McGusty has shown this season, and now with the addition of a shooter like Trae Young; Oklahoma’s offense could potentially compete for one of the Big 12’s best in 2017.