– BY MICHAEL KNIGHT
Perhaps the greatest high school basketball player to come out of Oklahoma since Blake Griffin, is the obvious pick for the 2017 OKPreps.com Player Of The Year award. Norman North point guard Trae Young is this year’s winner of the award after an unbelievable senior campaign. The T’Wolves fell short of making it back to the state tournament, but Young put on a show every single night on the floor.
Young averaged over 40 points per game for Norman North this year. Dropping 50 points in a game seemed normal for the standout sharpshooter. Young and his Norman North teammates would find themselves playing in front of sold out crowds. Not just fans of Norman North or their opponent for the night, but fans of basketball in general. The bigger the crowds or the brighter the lights, it seemed like the more Young would shine. At times, he would even play up to the moment. After hitting a big shot, Young would bow to the fans applauding.
Young as selected as a McDonald’s All American earlier this year. That was only the ninth time that an Oklahoman had been named a McDonald’s All American. Young would not only play in the game in late March, he was named one of the starters. Before the game, Young won the three-point contest, solidifying himself as one of the best shooters in the country.
Fans of Oklahoma high school basketball already knew that Young could absolutely fill it up. He would be known to routinely pull up from 25 to 30 feet away from the basket and bury the shot. The future Sooner became a better passer during last summer’s time on the Nike EYBL circuit. He brought that added skill set into his senior year.
You never want to throw around the word “legend” when it comes to a high schooler but you kind of have to with Young. Is he the best basketball player we’ve seen come out of Oklahoma since Griffin or Xavier Henry? That’s a debate we’ll leave up to you. All three players are totally different in styles of play.
One thing is for sure, the price of admission to see this legend just went up.