As a high school senior, an Oklahoma media outlet named Norman North (Norman, Okla.) star Trae Young as the most important sports figure in the state behind Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook and Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield.
Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Kansas fans waited anxiously for quite some time as Trae Young pondered his college decision.
Until Thursday, Blake Griffin was the highest ranked and only Oklahoma five-star basketball prospect to commit to the Sooners.
The Timberwolves are 17-3 and Young, a point guard who is ranked No. 14 overall in the ESPN 100, is averaging 43 points, five assists and five rebounds a game.
He plays for Norman North High School.
Young and his parents - Candice and former Texas Tech standout Rayford - visited KU on October 21-23.
"This is home, and I know what I get here", Young said in the press conference announcing his choice of Oklahoma. "It brings out the 25 year old in him", Young said. "He's going to give me a lot of freedom, but also teach me the game and expand my knowledge of the game". "The recruiting process has been very long and very tough". He likes the playing style of Oklahoma and says Kruger, "lets his guards play the way I want to play". "I feel like I'll be able to get better on the defensive end with coach Kruger". "This has always been home for me".
"He had a big role", Young said.
Both of those former OU players were major difference-makers in turning around the Sooner men's basketball program, and Young, who has shown tremendous talent and leadership ability at the point-guard position, will have the same opportunity.
Young will join two other 4-star prospects in OU's 2017 class: Brady Manek, another native Oklahoman, from Harrah, and 6-foot, 11-inch Hannes Polla from Finland.