Trae Young is one of the most dynamic and electrifying scorers in the country, regardless of class, pumping in 35.4 points and handing out 8.2 assists per game for Norman North (Norman, Okla.) last season. Young, a senior who is ranked No. 15 overall in the ESPN 100, led Mokan Elite to the uber-prestigious Nike Peach Jam and won gold with USA’s U18 basketball team in Chile this past summer. Young is being pursued by everyone from Kansas to Oklahoma to Stanford to Kentucky to Texas, among many others. He’s agreed to give USA TODAY HSS exclusive access into his world by chronicling everything from intimate details about his recruitment to his everyday life in a blog.
What’s going on world!
It’s Trae back with another blog for you guys; hope you enjoy what I have to say in this one.
Well we’re back in school! I started about two weeks ago and I can’t even believe it’s my senior year!
It’s finally here!
I’m definitely focused on finishing strong all year in the classroom so I should be good there. I just want to enjoy my last year to the fullest.
My favorite class so far is my Business Tech class. I want to start a business someday and I’m learning a lot of cool things along those lines in this class.
This summer went great.
My team (Mokan Elite) ended up winning Peach Jam and that was just a great experience. From the beginning of the summer we made that the main priority! A lot of us had been to Peach Jam the year before and came up short and we didn’t want to feel that feeling ever again.
Gotta give props to Coach Perry, he taught us to always play to the final buzzer and that helped us all summer; even in the Peach Jam championship.
When we saw all the zeroes on the clock that’s when we were satisfied and we celebrated!
That was an amazing feeling!
I had the same feeling winning the gold medal with the U18 team this summer too. Even having the opportunity to play for my country was a blessing and an honor. It’s something that I’ll never forget.
Loved everything about that experience.
I ended the summer in the best way: A trip to the White House and then to the Bahamas. Nike really put on a great event and surprised us by adding the White House visit. That was great!
When we were there they taught us about the My Brother’s Keeper foundation the President is starting and a lot of other things. It was really cool to just be in there.
Now that I’m back in school my team is already starting with after school lifting and open gym. I’m excited about this group and I know that we’ve got a real shot at winning a state championship. Everyone wants to work hard and get better to be ready for the season.
I’ve already set up four of my official visits: Sept. 16-18 to Oklahoma, Sept. 29-Oct. 1 to Texas Tech, Oct. 14-16 to Kentucky and Oct. 21-23 to Kansas.
I may take another visit to Kentucky unofficially a little earlier to spend some time with the coaches. I already talked to (De’Aaron) Fox; he said he’s gonna put on a show for the fans at Big Blue Madness so I’m ready to see!
I’m still deciding on my fifth official and who will get that visit.
I’m excited to learn more about those four schools and get closer with the coaches and see what they all have to offer.
Everyone always asks me about me and Mike playing together in college because we’ve always said that was a goal of ours. Washington is still on my list so that’s still an option for me. The biggest thing with us is that we’re friends first. We talk about things outside of basketball and we talk all the time. So whether I decide to go to Washington with him or decide to go somewhere else we’re always gonna be tight so I’m not worried about that.
The conversation has changed a little bit between me and the coaches; it’s more me asking lots of questions and them answering. It’s more business now because the time is coming. I’m still enjoying it, but I know that I have to get all of the information that I can.
The coaches are really excited about the upcoming officials too! They can’t wait to get me on campus and, trust me, I can’t wait to get there and see everything and all the fans!
OK, stepping away from that, I’ve gotta tell y’all I thought the Olympics was great this year!
My favorite event, by far, was swimming. Whenever Michael Phelps was swimming I was definitely watching. I even hit the pool and tried to be like Michael Phelps with my backstroke and all that.
I think I did pretty solid! Haha!
On the music side, I’m still rocking my slow jams; still listening to a lot of Drake.
Alright everybody, I hope you enjoyed my latest piece. Be on the lookout for the next one.
I’ll see y’all!
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