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Trae Young’s Family Lists the Pros and Cons of Attending Kentucky


As elite recruits near the end of their recruitment, the prospect and his family become more and more reserved, often shunning outsiders from any inside information.  McDonald’s All-American point guard Trae Young is doing the exact opposite.

Young’s family invited USA Today’s Jason Jordan into their home as they discussed Young’s six finalists: Kentucky, Kansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Washington.  To narrow his options, Trae, his father Ray and his mother Candice listed pros and cons for each school.  The pros for Kentucky will not surprise you.

“The track record is second to none to me,” Ray says. “Then you’ve got K.P. (Kenny Payne), we really liked him. Honestly, the best thing about that visit was seeing Coach Cal outside of the basketball arena and spending time with he and his wife. I love how Kentucky prepares you to be a pro because that’s all it is in Lexington — Kentucky basketball.”

Ray’s unending praise for Kentucky incited laughter by the other two.

“Oh, yeah, you’ll probably need another page for all these pros you’re about to list,” Trae says while laughing.

“Well, you already know how I feel,” Ray says. “If it was up to me this would be my pick. Coach (John) Cal, man! Coach Cal!”

When they turned to the cons, Young’s mother revealed a surprise: Kentucky’s Wildcat Coal Lodge is the worst dorm of the schools Young is considering.

“But the housing… They’ve got the worst dorms out of all the schools,” his mother said.

“Yeah they did,” Trae says with a laugh. “But to Coach Cal’s point, you don’t pick a school based on the housing.”

“Yeah, but you’ve gotta live there for nine months,” Candice replies. “I mean come on now it was one room, the sink was in the bedroom; definitely traditional old school dorm room.”

“Yeah, the rooms couldn’t compete with Kansas, Oklahoma State and those other schools,” Trae says. “It’s not up to date.”

Often referred to as “the gold standard in college basketball,” the $8 million Wildcat Coal Lodge opened five years ago in 2012.  In January of 2016, Governor Matt Bevin announced $21 million will be allotted to the lodge to expand dining for all student-athletes after the cafeteria at Blazer Hall was removed.

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After going through all six schools, Young’s family narrowed it to three.  The first to be cut from the list was Kentucky.  After Quade Green committed to Kentucky, it essentially ensured Young would not attend Kentucky.  Even though his father wanted Kentucky to make the top three, Trae and his mother said the places that fit him best are Kansas, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

“It’s the situations; I feel like these three schools are the best situations for me now that we’ve listed everything. I feel good about these three,” Trae said.

Even though Kentucky is no longer being considered, for those who love basketball recruiting, this inside look at that decision process is a must-read.

[USA Today]


According to T.J. Walker of Cats Illustrated, Ray Young said the jab at UK’s dorms was in jest. “They couldn’t find anything seriously wrong with UK so Mrs. Young noted the dorms weren’t as great as other dorms.”  That sarcasm is obviously difficult to discern in Jordan’s feature.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

18 Comments for Trae Young’s Family Lists the Pros and Cons of Attending Kentucky

  1. CatManDo
    11:10 am February 14, 2017 Permalink

    No Hookers – pro or con?

  2. WatchutalkinboutWillis
    11:25 am February 14, 2017 Permalink

    I had a feeling this was coming. Ben Roberts removed Young from NextCats a couple weeks ago. Oh well…best of luck Trae.

  3. gokycats33
    11:30 am February 14, 2017 Permalink

    I was really hoping we would get Trae! But, just like everyone else was saying, I felt he would go elsewhere, after Quade committed. I wish him the best of luck.

  4. secrick
    12:01 pm February 14, 2017 Permalink

    Can’t get’m all.

  5. wallcrawler
    12:21 pm February 14, 2017 Permalink

    Wonder if momma gonna negotiate his NBA contract as well. eounds to me like U.K. Wasn’t ever on mom as list because she would be too far away to control his life. You could tell in the interview that him and his dad really wanted to come to Kentucky

    • BMT
      5:06 pm February 14, 2017 Permalink

      This is exactly what I thought, after reading the USA Today piece. His dad was obviously in favor of UK. After Quade committed, I figured he’d go elsewhere so I’m not surprised by this but it’s interesting to finally get a feeling for what factored into his decision. Momma obviously wants him closer to home!! I also found this little gem interesting:

      Still, Candice is quick to point out that the knock there is the one-and-done players he gets credit for “would be one-and-done players wherever they went.”

  6. Wilfred Smith
    12:36 pm February 14, 2017 Permalink

    Can’t imagine how he and Green can’t play together. Guess I imagined Wall and Bledsoe.

  7. Rln-Slo81
    12:37 pm February 14, 2017 Permalink

    Well wonder what she’s going to think of the rape at KU. I mean if they have sinks in the bedroom at UK can’t imagine what she will think of that.

  8. a21CATSfan
    12:40 pm February 14, 2017 Permalink

    So our 2 cons are dorms and Quade Green. Kansas is his supposed favorite, which with this kid I have no idea. They rape people in the dorms at Kansas and they have Devonta Graham, Malik Newman, and LeGerald Vick. So I think his reasons are BS, and I believe if he would’ve committed early we wouldn’t have Diallo, Vanderbilt and possibly Washington. Everybody wanted to play with Quade, including the two left on the board; Knox and Bamba!

  9. ClutchCargo
    12:53 pm February 14, 2017 Permalink

    No great surprise here, moving on. Young seems to need a lot of attention, maybe this is for the best.

  10. Mc12
    1:03 pm February 14, 2017 Permalink

    Seems like a good family. I was hoping we’d land Young months ago because he can shoot which may be a hole next year, but with the machine that is in place, Calipari can’t afford to wait. With Green, Alexander, and Diallo (I hope he stays), plus the number of “positionless” players that will swap in and out of the 3 spot next year (and maybe the 2 if Cal’s feeling squirrelly) there wasn’t a whole lot of wiggle room. I’m hopeful we land Bamba so we have a rim protector. I realize we have Richards, but he seems to be more of a project. Then maybe some sharp shooter, although it would have to be someone willing to play 10 or fewer minutes a game which is tricky.

    • Mc12
      1:06 pm February 14, 2017 Permalink

      I’m glad we have Green though now especially with players wanting to follow him to UK which says a lot about him.

  11. andrew88
    1:29 pm February 14, 2017 Permalink

    Not quite the level of complete control that Marques Bolden’s momma had over him and his decision. That was truly embarrassing. I wish we could have gotten Young but he waited too long and Coach Cal couldn’t afford to wait.

  12. Blue Boy
    3:21 pm February 14, 2017 Permalink

    “If your’e not OAD at Kentucky you are treated differently.”

    That is the same thing said about Monk and Fox’s playing time despite not playing defense vs Willis or Hawkins. I can’t help it but Willis and Hawkins should have transferred after their 2nd year. Maybe to Eastern, Murray, Butler or somewhere to really develop with actual game time experience, not just in spot duty.

  13. chris43
    11:45 pm February 14, 2017 Permalink

    Yeah he’s an attention ho! Always has been and always will be! Let his ugly but play elsewhere. That mug deserves a Cardinals jersey