As expected, Trae Young will not be signing with a school this fall. Young’s father confirmed that to Scout.com’s Evan Daniels on Thursday.
Five-star point guard Trae Young won't be signing early, per his father. Wants to watch the schools recruiting him during the season.— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) September 29, 2016
This is slightly bad news for the Kentucky Wildcats, who are the prohibitive favorites to land Young as their top point guard in the 2017 class. However, Young has previously said he hopes to make a decision sometime in December, which would come after the early signing period in November.
So it’s possible that Young does end up committing to UK sometime this fall/winter, but opts to wait until the spring signing period to sign his national letter of intent.
Personally, I think more recruits should hold off signing until the spring. There’s no sense in binding their commitment to a school with nothing more than a verbal commitment until the spring, when NBA decisions are made and the coaching carousel can begin and end.
That gives recruits the chance to make the most informed decision possible before signing on the dotted line. I still believe Young commits to UK in 2016, but it looks like they won’t get his signature until 2017.