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Trae Young picks…Oklahoma

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It’s official: five-star point guard Trae Young is staying home to play for Oklahoma. Young picked the Sooners over Kansas. Kentucky wasn’t really in the picture after John Calipari accepted commitments from Quade Green and Shai Alexander, but the news is still worth sharing.

Also, after Young’s family joked that the only thing they didn’t like about Kentucky was that the Wildcat Lodge isn’t as nice as other team’s dorms, here’s a look at Oklahoma’s Headington Hall, which houses the football team as well:

Yeah, that’s actually pretty sweet. Best of luck to Young, who we probably won’t hear about again until the 2018 NBA Draft.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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28 Comments for Trae Young picks…Oklahoma



  1. A_Blue_Wildcat
    1:22 pm February 16, 2017 Permalink

    Anyone with half a brain can see that he didn’t come to UK because of competition with Quade Green, he just mentioned the dorm thing because he didn’t want to admit that Quade Green was a problem. Best of luck to the kid but I seem him being a 4 year player at Oklahoma with an outside chance of being part of a top 25 team there once or twice in his 4 years.



    • Han
      2:15 pm February 16, 2017 Permalink

      KSR’s own post on the article said the author later clarified they were joking about the dorm because there wasn’t really anything bad about UK. (Obviously his dad was a big fan, while his mom probably wanted him to stay closer to home, and he probably just wants playing time, ruling us out.)



    • fauxbobknight
      2:53 pm February 16, 2017 Permalink

      Anyone with half a brain can also see that you have no clue what you are talking about.



  2. Chaz
    1:36 pm February 16, 2017 Permalink

    He had a ticket to UK but didn’t use it. We’ll do fine anyway with players that want to be CATS. Wish him well and hope he gets to shoot all he wants.



  3. secrick
    1:37 pm February 16, 2017 Permalink

    Doesn’t and old SEC coach, coach there now? Lon Kruger



  4. Mathlete
    1:42 pm February 16, 2017 Permalink

    Good luck Trae, see you in the tournament as our 8-seed!



  5. Han
    2:13 pm February 16, 2017 Permalink

    A lot of Kentucky fans tore him and his mother to bits after that article (not realizing the dorm thing was a joke – poor article writing, and bashing his mom for saying he’d only be living there for 9 months — missing that she was probably thinking of the 9 months most students spend in a dorm).

    Wish him well, though he’s not gonna sniff any conference or national championship at Oklahoma.



  6. a21CATSfan
    2:19 pm February 16, 2017 Permalink

    This was expected after he voiced his concerns with Kentucky. If the UK dorms were a concern, then his mother definitely didn’t like what goes on in Kansas’ dorms. And if Green and Gilgeous-Alexander were a concern as well, then I’m sure Graham, Vick and Newman scared him even more.



  7. ClutchCargo
    2:30 pm February 16, 2017 Permalink

    I guess fear of infectious diseases in the dorm caused him to cross U of L off his list. That makes so much more sense now, in hindsight.



  8. trumpetguy
    3:06 pm February 16, 2017 Permalink

    “UK is not for everybody”….haven’t we heard that spoken by Cal many times!….this is one of those times. Platoon team seemed to do alright with several future NBA players…..38-1 season not too shabby, just sayin. If everyday competition is even a slight consideration, then OU likely the best place for this young man.



  9. UKALLDAY1
    3:10 pm February 16, 2017 Permalink

    Yawn … we moved on from him a long time ago. Cal got the better player in Quade Green. His game translates to the next level better …..

    Joke or not that was a low blow on the dorms, I read it and had no idea she was joking. She went into detail with “Sink in bedroom” and all that. Recruits are listening, the general public is too. Now a lot of people think UK players are housed in a dump of a dorm.

    Doesn’t matter UK is still gonna ” eat first ” …… best of luck to the kid though.



  10. @GoCayts
    3:40 pm February 16, 2017 Permalink

    bottom line is we don’t have enough guards next year … too bad Charles Matthews left

    if Diallo leaves, we literally have 2 guards on the roster, both freshmen, no bench

    need to jump on whoever is left or look for a 2018 guy to reclass or grab a graduate transfer … Cal has his work cut out for him



    • a21CATSfan
      4:17 pm February 16, 2017 Permalink

      In-state guard? Hollingsworth would’ve been nice or Tray Hollowell from Hopkinsville has major D1 offers. He would be a good backup guard for 4 years ala Hawkins or Ravi Moss.



    • a21CATSfan
      4:18 pm February 16, 2017 Permalink

      Also Kevin Knox could play some 2 with Vanderbilt or Gabriel at the 3. He is still a possibility. I don’t think it is as dire as you think.



    • bosshogg24
      5:48 pm February 16, 2017 Permalink

      @GoCayts, Charles Matthews would have never played at UK, he couldn’t shoot like a lot of the other UK players!



  11. BMT
    4:49 pm February 16, 2017 Permalink

    My guess is that if momma had been ok with it, he’d have committed to Kentucky months ago. Dad was, mom wasn’t (seemingly because she wants him close to home). That would leave a lot of 18 year old kids torn about what to do. He waited, Quade committed, and at that point, it made it easier to rule out Kentucky. Nothing wrong with wanting to be close to your family while you still can be. Best of luck to him at Oklahoma.

    On a side note, I did laugh at his mom saying “all the one and done guys that Cal gets would have been one and done no matter where they went”.



    • WeareBBN
      11:30 pm February 16, 2017 Permalink

      Why would you laugh at a true comment. Those guys would have gone as high draft picks right from High School. Wall would have been #1 without going to college so he could have played at Robert Morris for 1 year. In fact the twins also would have been high draft picks right from High School and Cal took them a few years to 2nd rounder and undrafted. Same with Poythress, 1st rounder in High School to Dleague all star, not sure if he got drafted but I don’t think so. Cal recruits NBA players, normally, he is not the reason they are in the NBA. Davis, Cousins, MKG and so on were top picks if they did not attend college. Only exception may be Booker but that is because of Booker, not Cal. Heck he could not even get on the court as Cal was trying to get the twins drafted instead of winning a title.Look at what he is doing compared to what the twins, combined, are doing right now and tell me who should have been playing.



    • UK Big Board Update
      11:22 am February 17, 2017 Permalink

      ^ Goddamn, what an idiot.



    • UK Big Board Update
      11:41 am February 17, 2017 Permalink

      Cliff Alexander, Tyus Jones, Emmanuel Mudiay, Stanley Johnson, Justin Jackson; all were ranked higher than KAT in high school. KAT was named NBA rookie of the year, the 1st pick overall, and will be a consistent All Star. Also on the list, below these guys, is Devin Booker.

      Willie Cauley-Stein was ranked 40th. Ever heard of Adam Woodbury, Josh Scott, Ricardo Gathers, Robert Carter, Omar Calhoun, TJ Warren, Brandon Ashley…? They were all ranked much higher than WCS. Where are they now?

      Terrence Jones was ranked behind Josh Selby, Perry Jones, Will Barton, CJ Leslie, Deshaun Thomas and Patric Young… who’s putting up good stats in the NBA right now? Enes Kanter was ranked even further down the list.

      Xavier Henry, anyone? Quincy Miller? Shabazz Muhammad? Kaleb Tarczewski, Cliff Alexander, Kelly Oubre, Chieck Diallo, Ivan Rabb, Malik Newman? Those were all supposed to be sure one-and-dones, and where are they now?



  12. bosshogg24
    5:44 pm February 16, 2017 Permalink

    The best part of Trae’s decision is that he didn’t go to KU, the second best part is that he will watch the NCAA Tournament from his couch for 4 years while GREEN is in the NBA!



  13. Loserville Hater
    7:41 pm February 16, 2017 Permalink

    Trae Who??



  14. runningunnin.454
    7:43 pm February 16, 2017 Permalink

    Name the University of Oklahoma players in the NBA; I’ll go first…Buddy Hield,
    Your turn.