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Top UK point guard target Young trims list to six schools

Trae Young talks about UK and recruiting

Five-star point guard Trae Young talks about his recruitment, John Calipari and much more.
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Five-star point guard Trae Young talks about his recruitment, John Calipari and much more.

Five-star point guard Trae Young announced Wednesday that he has narrowed his list to six schools, and the Kentucky Wildcats are still in the mix, as expected.

Young – a 6-foot- 1 prospect from Norman, Okla. – is now considering UK, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Kansas and Washington.

The Wildcats and hometown Sooners are widely thought to be the two favorites, according to national recruiting analysts. Young, who has long been UK’s top point guard target in the 2017 class, has already visited Lexington and constantly praises John Calipari’s success with top-flight point guards, while Oklahoma’s Lon Kruger and his coaching staff have made Young their clear-cut No. 1 recruiting priority.

The other schools on Young’s list have also been pushing hard for his commitment.

Oklahoma State Coach Brad Underwood has made Young a major priority since taking over the Cowboys’ program earlier this year.

Young’s father, Ray Young, was a star player at Texas Tech in the late 1990s.

Kansas extended a scholarship offer to Young during his sophomore year in high school, and he’s visited Lawrence multiple times.

Washington recently picked up a commitment from top-five recruit Michael Porter Jr., one of Young’s AAU teammates and closest friends. Young and Porter, whose father is an assistant coach at Washington, have talked

often about playing together in college. The two were named co-MVPs at the Nike Peach Jam finals this month after leading Mokan Elite to the shoe company’s summer championship.

The next step in Young’s recruitment will be the planning of his official visits, and he told the Herald-Leader recently that he might be ready to make a college decision in time for the early signing period in November.

Rivals.com ranks Young as the No. 14 overall player in the class of 2017.

Ben Roberts: 859-231-3216, @NextCats

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