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Trae Young, the 6-foot-2 point guard from Norman (OK) North and MoKan Elite, is targeting a college decision in early 2017.
Young, who won the Peach Jam with MoKan Elite and then captured a gold medal with the USA U18 team at the FIBA Americas Championship, is focusing on Oklahoma, Kansas, Oklahoma State and Kentucky.
Kansas went four deep with head coach Bill Self and three assistants on Saturday night when Young went for 33 points in Norman North’s 65-55 loss to 2017 Kansas commit Marcus Garrett and Dallas (TX) Skyline at the Thanksgiving Hoopfest in Duncanville, Texas.
Meantime, Oklahoma head coach Lon Kruger and an assistant were on hand, as were Oklahoma State head coach Brad Underwood and assistant Mike Boynton.
“It means a lot,” Young told Jaki Goldner of FloHoops. “Some of the schools had practice [Saturday] morning and made the trip up here. The whole staff came so it showed a lot.
“I’m getting near to the end of my recruitment and I’m starting to look at these teams play and come to a conclusion what school I want to choose so it was a really big thing for them to come out and I’m really happy for that.”
Asked if he planned to attend any college games soon, Young said: “I’m going to head to the schools and head to at least one game.”
Kentucky, meantime, recently picked up Letters of Intent from point guard Quade Green and combo guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and it remains unclear how viable an option they still are for Young. Sources said he and Kentucky coach John Calipari have spoken recently.
In the past, Calipari has had teams that featured multiple point guards, but Kentucky is also focusing on shooting guard Hamidou Diallo,who is considering the NBA along with schools like Kentucky, UConn, Syracuse and Arizona.
“You could say Kentucky [has signed another point guard] but Coach Cal has made it work,” Young said. “He’s had a bunch of guards come through and play at the same time. He’s made it work. But obviously when a guard goes there, that definitely opens my eyes.”
Asked when he might announce, Young said, “Probably early January. Don’t have a date set yet, but probably early January.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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