Trae Young is a 2017 point guard from Norman, Oklahoma, and four days ago, he picked up a scholarship offer from John Calipari. According to The Norman Transcript’s John McKelvey, Calipari and other prominent college coaches suggested to Young that he transfer out of Oklahoma for his senior year to either Montverde Academy in Florida (Dakari Johnson’s alma mater) or Findlay Prep in Las Vegas, both prestigious basketball programs. Young’s seriously considering the possibility, and McKelvey’s colleague Clay Horning is furious about it.
Yesterday, Horning penned a scathing column about Cal, in which he said Cal’s suggestion is another example of “the slimy underbelly of big-time, big-prospect, high school-slash-college basketball.” Well then.
Isn’t it nice to know that in an age of college athletics as a billion-dollar business, Calipari and his pin-striped suit are unaffected by all of it, that for all of his kiss-the-ring self-importance in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, all the Wildcat coach really wants to do is give a rising high school junior some sound advice; never mind that advice would have him moving cross country for all of a single school year, away from his family (which doesn’t seem all the wild about the idea), away from his friends, away from everything in the name of, as Young himself told Transcript sports writer John McKelvey on Wednesday, having “a good chance to be a McDonald’s All-American” and being in a better position “to lead a team as a freshman in college.”
Because it’s way too easy not to, Horning fails to mention that Calipari was reportedly just one of many coaches to suggest Young transfer to develop his game. No, even though Coach K, Bill Self, and Sean Miller are also recruiting Young, Cal is a much easier target, a caricature lazy and bitter journalists can pluck off the top of the stack. Besides, it’s a way better idea for Young to stay in Norman so Horning can write about him his senior year and get clicks than worry about his own future, right?
Oh well. You know what we say.