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 up everybody I’m back again with another blog hope you guys enjoy it!
I know everyone wants to know about the visits so let’s go.
First I went to Kentucky for Big Blue Madness.
The coaches wanted me to come in a day earlier to spend more time with them so I got there Thursday. First, I went to breakfast with them and then we spent a lot of time in the office just talking. I went to the practice and then had dinner at Coach Cal’s.
The dinner was great!
He had steak, chicken, macaroni on the side and lots of desserts. I had chicken strips; that’s my favorite!
I loved having that day just to hang out with Coach Cal and the staff and really see what they had to offer before the rest of the recruits got there on Friday.
That meant a lot to me. That showed me how much they really wanted me; just to want to spend that extra alone time with me and my family.
It shows me what they’ve been telling me about them making me a priority. That was big for me.
The BBN fans are crazy! I loved everything about it.
I think the best advice that I got on the visit was from (De’Aaron) Fox. He and I have always been really close and he told me that, when it comes down to the decision, to pick the school where I’m needed and the school that would put me in the best position to make it to the highest level.
The thing I love about Coach Cal is that he keeps it 100 with you. Kentucky isn’t for everybody, but he’s seen the way I play with a chip on my shoulder and he told me that Kentucky is for me.
I’d give the visit a 10 out of 10.
I went to Kansas this past weekend and had a great time on my official.
Got there Friday morning and all the coaches met me at the airport. That’s the first time that’s happened. We went and had lunch and I toured the campus. Then I met with the strength and conditioning coach (Andrea Hudy) and she’s really well known. I see why everyone loves her! She does a great job.
Then we ate at Coach Self’s house. He had everything there to eat, fried chicken, steak, mac and cheese! It was good!
Saturday we watched practice early that morning and that was great! It was cool to see how they operate and how they do things. After that we went to the football game and we sat down with Coach Self later and had a great meeting. It was the longest meeting I’ve had.
He showed the video of when my dad dropped 41 points on Kansas! We all got a good laugh out of that, but that was really cool!
We ended up talking for about two hours. It was great!
That next morning my flight was super early at about 7 a.m. and I had to leave the hotel at like 4:30 a.m. and when I walked downstairs literally every coach on the staff was there to meet me. They were all there telling me that they wanted to just tell me one more time how much they wanted me at Kansas.
That was big to see! I can’t believe they all came at that time of morning.
Another 10 out of 10!
I’ve already been to Oklahoma and Texas Tech. Now I’m headed to Oklahoma State this weekend for my final visit. I love what Coach Underwood is doing there and me and Coach Lamont are really cool. We get along great!
I’m really looking forward to this visit.
Honestly, all of my visits have been 10s!
A lot of people are asking me about Duke getting involved with me and they have definitely reached out to my dad recently. I don’t know how I feel about them getting back in. They’re a great program and it’s Coach K! It’s just that when a school backs off you it’s hard to get past that. I haven’t made a decision on that as of right now.
The whole process is tough.
You have all of these great schools and, honestly, all of them make you feel like you could play there and do well.
It’s just a situation where you have to weigh everything out and choose what’s really best for you. That’s what I plan to do.
I don’t really have a time when I want to commit, but I will say that I’m not the guy who’s gonna be announcing around McDonald’s All American time. I could see myself getting this over with around late December or early January.
OK, so stepping away from basketball, my senior year is going great; I got a 29 on the ACT, so I was very proud of that!
This year is a little easier now that I’ve got all of the really tough classes out of the way. I’ve still got some that I’ve got to stay up on, but my mom makes sure I’m staying on top of the books.
I think the most interesting class right now is History because we’re studying a lot about the current Presidential debates. I’m excited because this is the first Presidential election that I’ll be able to vote in so I’m really watching closely so I can make an informed decision next month.
On the music side, I’m still listening to all the slow jams!
Oh and I would definitely recommend you guys check out The Magnificent Seven! I loved that movie; I’ve seen it twice already and may go see it a third time!
Alright everybody, I appreciate you reading my latest blog and be on the lookout for the next one coming soon.
Peace out, #TY11!
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