Oklahoma basketball is about to get some much-needed relief.
Per ESPN, the Sooners have landed five-star recruit Trae Young. The 6-foot-2, 170-pound point guard averages 43.1 points, five assists, and five rebounds per game for Norman North High School, and is considered the No. 15 overall recruit in the nation.
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According to CBS Sports, “It’s the first five-star commitment for Oklahoma basketball since Tiny Gallon in the 2010 class,” and one that should instantly propel the Sooners program back to the NCAA Tournament.
"This has been a long process for me and a lot of ups and downs, but in the end I came to a place of peace and everything came together for me," Young said in his commitment announcement. "And that place of peace for me in the fall of 2017 will be at The University of Oklahoma."
The Sooners are just 9-16 overall on the season, 3-10 in conference play, and last place in the Big 12. That’s a far cry from last season when they were among the top teams in the nation and eventually beat the likes of Texas A&M and Oregon to reach the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament.
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Of course, last season the Sooners had superstar guard Buddy Hield, who moved on to the NBA after his four-year college stint came to an end last Spring. (Hield was drafted No. 6 overall in the 2016 NBA Draft by New Orleans, with whom he currently averages 8.6 points and 2.9 rebounds per game.)
The team has lacked a premiere scorer this season, with only senior guard Jordan Woodard and freshman guard Kameron McGusty averaging double digits with 14.6 and 10.5 points per game apiece, respectively.
Oklahoma landed the #2 PG in America with Trae Young. What are the Sooners getting?
"A Winner." pic.twitter.com/QkJEmYE34e
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Oklahoma likewise features promising freshman forward Kristian Doolittle, who currently averages 8.6 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.
Next year, Doolittle will benefit greatly from the new addition at point guard, who recently set an Oklahoma Class 6A state record when he scored 62 points in a win over Edmond Memorial.
Before committing to the Sooners, Young was also eyeing Kansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Washington, ultimately narrowing his choice down to three: Oklahoma, Kansas and Oklahoma State.
Young made his decision after doing extensive research with his dad, Ray.
“We’ve recorded every game this year, we watch every game, we look at every player,” Ray told OUDaily on Thursday. “The biggest thing with all this is he feels confident in those guys that he can go in there and help them get better and they can help him and teach him the college life and they can teach him the balance between basketball and school.”
The article notes that Young will slide right into the starting guard spot currently filled by Jordan Woodward — a move that will give the Sooners a potent back court and should help them compete against Kansas. Don’t believe me? Just watch these highlights: