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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Jayhawks make strong impression on 2017 PG Trae Young during weekend visit

Kansas University basketball recruiting

Kansas University basketball recruiting

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The Kansas men’s basketball program knew heading into the weekend that it had a golden opportunity to roll out the red carpet and wow Class of 2017 point guard Trae Young on his official visit to Lawrence.

From the sound of things, that’s exactly what Bill Self and company did.

Young, the No. 14-ranked player in the 2017 class, according to Rivals.com, arrived Friday, shared the stage only with forward Deng Gak (Rivals’ No. 91 player in 2017) and went back home to Norman, Oklahoma, early Sunday morning following a 5-a.m.-sendoff by the entire KU coaching staff.

“It was crazy. I loved it,” Young told Matt Scott of TheShiver.com after arriving back home Sunday. “It was a great visit.

Added his father, Rayford Young, who played his college ball at Texas Tech: “It was ridiculous.”

Although the meaning of the word the elder Young used to describe the visit often carries two meanings, it sounded as if only the positive form came into play this weekend. In fact, Young told Scott that the KU staff pulled out all of the stops during various portions of the weekend, the most memorable being video highlights of his father’s 41-point night in a 1999 upset of Kansas, complete with a clip of his mother, Candice, rushing the floor in celebration.

"That was awesome," Rayford told Scott. "That was really cool of them to do.”

While recruiting an athlete’s parents always plays at least some kind of role in these things, the bulk of the weekend was spent trying to help Young visualize being a Jayhawk. He toured the campus, met with strength coach Andrea Hudy, spent time with the current KU players, and, of course, talked plenty to Self and his assistants.

“He said I could come in and make an impact right away and that I would play just as many minutes at KU as I would anywhere else in the country as a freshman,” said Young when asked about Self’s main message.

Young also loved what he saw from the practice he and his father watched while in town.

“Practice was really good,” he said. “It was really intense. They ran a lot of stuff and ran a lot of ball screens, but coach Self really lets them go in transition. It they couldn't score in transition they would set up and run offense. It was really cool to see them go over different plays.”

With his official visits now behind him, Young plans to take a little more time before making his decision. He always has planned to wait until the spring signing period to make his things official and, according to Scott, that hasn’t changed. But just because he won’t sign until the spring does not mean he won’t reveal his final decision sooner.

Comments

Robert Brock 2 months, 4 weeks ago

Trae Young would be a fantastic addition to Kansas basketball. Join us, young Mister Young!

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Dale Rogers 2 months, 4 weeks ago

I can visualize this young man as a Jayhawk. He sounds like a good kid who not only would be a terrific basketball player but also a great ambassador for the school. Between Hudy developing him physically and Self developing his game, the exposure he would get on national TV would put him way up there on the mock draft boards.

Scott MacWilliams 2 months, 4 weeks ago

Not sure if it will clinch the deal, but showing that video of his dad going off against KU was a brilliant move! I'm pretty sure that made quite an impression on the folks, and that counts for a lot.

Trae, you will never regret being a Jayhawk. It is the finest basketball family in the world! From Dr. Naismith to Coach Self, there is no better coaching lineage, and the kids who come in and do the work see the payoff in their growth and improvement.

Rock Chalk!!

Gerry Butler 2 months, 4 weeks ago

I would love for Trae to be a Jayhawk. Coach Self has done everything he could definitely made a great play this weekend. BUT pretty slim chance of him landing here. All signs pointing more likely then not Kentucky, OR OU I could see him easily ending up at OU staying home, he decided not to transfer High Schools , play his final year right at home. We won't know anything till Spring, and if Collin Sexton says he wants to come to KU no way is coach Self going to hold off and signing him in the hopes Trae would commit in the spring. Would love to have him but don't believe that's happening

Matt Tait 2 months, 4 weeks ago

I think KU's chances are as good as anybody's here and I know Sexton and Young have talked about playing together here, kind of like the new Mason and Graham. So anything's possible. But, you're right... there's still a long way to go and more work to be done to land him.

Benz Junque 2 months, 4 weeks ago

So long as we get one of them, we're set. Putting either of them next to Malik Newman in the KU back court next year will be fantastic. Young is excellent at both setting guys up and shooting. He has deep range and total confidence in his shot. He'd be a great "get" for KU.

The play of Mason and Graham this year is going to be a huge selling point to one of these elite PGs. And if Azubuike can be an eye opener then they have to be drooling at the opportunity to feed the ball into the post to that monster. You can rack up a lot of assists feeding it in to him next year.

Harlan Hobbs 2 months, 4 weeks ago

All good comments, but Scott, you expressed my sentiments exactly. The rich tradition from Drs. Naismith and Allen to the present with Coach Self just reinforces that "once a Jayhawk, always a Jayhawk!"

Joseph Bullock 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Thanks for the input about Colin and Trae, discussing playing together, at K.U., Matt! That would be totally awesome! Do you think Malik can play the '3'? I think he has the size, and athleticism, and that he's long enough! My real concern is that I believe Trae has another 'Official Visit', that he can take, or that he may simply decide to play with Porter! So I totally agree that we can't wait, on a 'maybe', and if Colin wants to come, we won't even hesitate to snag him, and if Trae also decides to become a Jayhawk, that would just be icing, on a very delicious cake!!!

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