Trae Young commits to Oklahoma over Kansas

The week started off great for the No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks as they came back from 14 points in the final three minutes to take down No.9 West Virginia. The Jayhawks were dealt a little bit of bad news on Thursday though, as five-star point guard Trae Young chose Oklahoma over KU.

Young is a 6’2″, five-star point guard from Norman, OK. According to Rivals, he’s rated the No. 14 recruit overall. Young is a big-time scorer. This season, he’s put up multiple 40-point games, and recently just set the state record for points in a game with 62.

Young would have been a huge get for head coach Bill Self and the Jayhawks. KU is already set to lose All-American candidate point guard Frank Mason next season to graduation. The loss of Mason will be a huge void to fill at the point guard position. Junior guard Devonte’ Graham could assume the role of point guard next season, but there is much speculation that he’ll pack up and leave for the NBA after this season. If that happens, KU’s hole in the backcourt might as well be the Grand Canyon.

Young would have added to what is a talented 2017 class. Five-star forward Billy Preston and four-star guard Marcus Garrett are already signed to play in Lawrence next season. According to Rivals, Preston is the No. 8 overall recruit and Garrett is No. 37.

Self still has one more shot to fill the point guard hole. Five-star point guard Trevon Duval is still on the board. Per Rivals, Duval is the No. 3 overall recruit. Some experts speculate that Duval could be waiting to see which players leave early to choose a school. He recently visited KU for the Baylor game in early February, and he reportedly loved his visit to Lawrence.

The Jayhawks do have transfers Malik Newman and Sam Cunliffe that will be eligible to play next season. Newman, a former five-star, transferred to KU after spending last season at Mississippi State. He is more suitable to play the two guard spot, so if KU can hit on another point guard Newman will be able to play his normal position.

Cunliffe, a former four-star, is a similar player to Newman. He transferred to Kansas in December after spending the first semester at Arizona State. He appeared in 10 games for the Sun Devils, averaging 25.4 MPG and 9.5 PPG. Since he transferred midseason, Cunliffe won’t be eligible to play until January of next season.

As for Oklahoma, this is a big get for Lon Kruger and the Sooners. They’re in last place in the Big 12 this year, but with the core being so young, adding Trae Young to the mix should make Oklahoma a contender and an NCAA tournament team next year.

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Bobby Norell

My name is Bobby Norell. I'm from a small town in northern Indiana. I grew up a Notre Dame fan, as many of my family members graduated from there. I attend every home football game, and my fair share of basketball games. My Kansas fandom is something I brought upon myself when I was little. Around the time I was in first grade, Kirk Hinrich was leading Kansas to back-to-back Final Fours. I loved Hinrich those KU teams, and ever since they I've been hooked on Kansas basketball. I recently graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Sport Communication. Even though my diploma says I'm a Hoosier, my love for the Jayhawks has never wavered. They'll always come No.1. I'm excited for the opportunity here at Rock Chalk Blog. I hope to provide you with some thoughtful and informational analysis. Aside from my work here, you can catch some of my work at OneFootDown.com on SB Nation. There I cover Notre Dame football and basketball, as well as a little recruiting.