A rumor surrounding one of the top point guard prospects in the country for a while was if star 2017 recruit Trae Young would stay at Norman North High School in his home state of Oklahoma, or transfer to a prep school.
The concept of a high school prospect switching from public to high-level prep school is in order for him to learn under elite and experienced coaching as well as play against competition that is the best of the best. It is considered a step up in terms of preparing for college basketball, and the top Kentucky target has been considering it.
Young, who averaged 35.4 points and 8.2 assists per game at Norman North, had been recruited by coaches at Montverde Academy in Florida (high school of Ben Simmons and D'Angelo Russell), and Findlay Prep in Nevada (high school of UK's own Deandre Liggins, Avery Bradley, Cory Joseph, and Tristan Thompson). Both are elite schools in terms of their basketball teams being nationally good.
After a long wait, Young wrote on his personal blog today that he had decided to stay in his hometown and continue playing at Norman North for his senior season, but may have given a hint that he will be leaving Oklahoma for his college basketball career.
"I definitely thought about the fact that I’d be leaving for college next year, so it was big for me to be able to be here with my family that extra year to see my little brother’s basketball games and my sister’s volleyball games and just spending time with my family was important to me," Young wrote.
As for the package deal talk with he and Michael Porter Jr., who has already cut UK from his list, Young at least wants us to think that's still very possible.
"Of course, everyone wants to know about Mike (Porter) and I's plans on our package deal, and it’s still on," Young said. "Mike released his final five schools and we talked about it before he released it. Those are the best schools for him and I respect that.
"It’s funny because people are assuming that it’s all over and we’re a done deal to Washington because his dad got the assistant job at Washington. I know that Mike is looking at other schools just as hard and Washington was recruiting me really hard before his dad got the job there.
"The truth is neither one of us know what we’re gonna do, but I know our plan is still to try and play together in college."
Kentucky seems to be the leader for Young's talents right now, with Oklahoma, Kansas, Washington and others already in the mix. We have a long while until he makes his decision, and it's clear we shouldn't consider him a lock to UK just yet.
Until then, we get to see him dominate high school competition for another year.