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UK basketball target Trae Young eyeing an early college decision

Highly touted point guard Trae Young had a breakout summer with Mokan Elite (Mo.) on the Nike EYBL circuit last year. He is considered the No. 23 overall player in the class of 2017.
Highly touted point guard Trae Young had a breakout summer with Mokan Elite (Mo.) on the Nike EYBL circuit last year. He is considered the No. 23 overall player in the class of 2017. Nike

Oklahoma high school basketball standout Trae Young remains the only point guard in the class of 2017 with a scholarship offer from Kentucky, and it sounds like his college decision will be coming early in the next recruiting cycle.

Young appeared on the Inside Sports show on WWLS-98.1 out of Oklahoma City this week and said that he plans to narrow his list of schools to four or five around June and make a college announcement early in his senior year so he can enjoy his final season of high school basketball.

“I’m enjoying the process,” Young said. “I know I can only do this once. I’m having fun with it. Not thinking too much of it, getting too high on it. It’s getting closer to the end.”

Young — a 6-foot-1 prospect from Norman, Okla. — is still considering UK, Duke, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Southern Methodist, Stanford, Texas, Texas Tech and Virginia.

Radio show host Al Eschbach predicted that Young’s final four schools would be Duke, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Kansas.

“That sounds like a good list,” Young said. “I wouldn’t throw out a lot of the other schools though.”

Young acknowledged that his mother wants him to stay home and play for the Sooners, though he mentioned that other college coaches like John Calipari and Bill Self have been working hard on bringing her around to the idea of leaving the state.

“She doesn’t want me to leave home,” he said. “But she also understands that there’s a lot of opportunities out there for me.”

Young will play on the Nike EYBL circuit with Mokan Elite (Mo.) again this spring and summer. One of his teammates on that squad is fellow five-star recruit Michael Porter Jr., who also has a scholarship offer from UK. Young and Porter have talked often about teaming up in college, and the point guard said that is still an option.

“We’re kind of a package deal,” Young said. “That’s something we look at and we’re talking about doing.”

Young, who is the No. 23 overall prospect in the 2017 rankings, is also mulling a possible move to prep school so he can play against national competition during his senior season.

He was in Lexington for an unofficial visit centered on Big Blue Madness in October.

Ben Roberts: 859-231-3216, @NextCats

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