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Trae Young Calls Oklahoma State ‘Serious Contender’ in Recruitment



Oklahoma State point guard target Trae Young is still on the market, and the Cowboys are still in pursuit of the five-star prospect from Norman North.

In his blog he maintains with USA TODAY, Young recently hit on the latest with respect to his recruitment, and where each school stands.

A lot of guys have signed now and that’s different, but nothing has changed for me as far as my interest in any of the schools.

With Kentucky, they got Quade Green and I was so happy for him and his family. They also picked up another guard in Alexander, but you have to look at Coach Cal’s resume; he’s always played with two or three guards on the court at the same time, so anything is possible. I definitely feel like I can play with anyone. I consider myself a position-less guard, I can do it all (Pass, shoot, score and defend).

Plus, we played together really well at USA Basketball.

With Kansas, it’s funny; I don’t think people understand how long Kansas has been recruiting me. People assume it’s always been down to just Kentucky and Oklahoma and that’s not true.

Kansas has been recruiting me since sophomore summer consistently, and they’re definitely a serious contender along with Oklahoma State. I’m gonna get down there to catch a game or two in the next month or so.

Then Jawun Evans has been balling! So Oklahoma State’s looking good with me too. I talk to their staff a lot. I’ve gotten really close with assistant Lamont Evans. He’s so real, and we talk about more than just basketball.

As for Young’s commitment timeline, there was chatter that he could make a decision as early as the first signing period, which has already come and gone.

Now it appears he will be waiting to see where the pieces fall — whether players will bolt for the NBA, or stay another season. It’s a huge factor, especially as he considers Kansas, Kentucky, and OSU — all schools who boast prospects that could jet for the professional level.

I’m pretty up in the air about when I could make my decision because my situation is unique. I want to see which guards are leaving/staying and which team gives me the best chance to be me, and not change my game. So mid-to-late winter will be the timeframe for me to commit. The more I watch the teams play the more I pick out certain things I like and certain things I don’t like. I realize this is all a HUGE BLESSING to have options, but I also know that I’ve WORKED HARD to get to a level where I can be patient and do what’s right for me.

Oklahoma State’s 2017 class has four members — guards Amauri Hardy and Zach Dawson — and forward Latravian Glover and center Souleymane Diakite round it out. The OSU coaching staff has their sights set on landing Young still to make him their final piece entering the 2017 season.


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