Just Thinking: Young the next in a long line of Oklahomans leading the Sooners to success
NORMAN, Okla. (KOKH) —
It's 10 a.m. on a Thursday. The day after the first installment of men's Bedlam basketball. I'm at a high school game checking out the future talent that one day may lead one, or both, of the state's two largest universities.
I was doing the same thing this time last year as I watched Trae Young score points in bunches at Norman North High School.
All he's done as a freshman this season at Oklahoma is lead the country in scoring and assists and bring the Sooners to a 12-1 record along with a number seven ranking. Pretty heady stuff, but we shouldn't be surprised that an Oklahoman is leading the Sooners to victories.
The other day the Associated Press released it's rankings of the best college basketball programs. Oklahoma is 20th. Kansas, which is in the top ten, is the only Big 12 program ranked higher.
More times than not an Oklahoma player is playing a major role in Oklahoma's best teams. Tulsa's Wayman Tisdale, the guy I think is the best in program history, was the ringleader on the Sooners Elite Eight team in 1985.
By the way former Putnam City Pirate Alvan Adams has a good argument on the best player in OU history, but that's a different discussion.
Stacey King brought his talents from Lawton to Norman and was a National Player of the Year and All American on the team that made it to the NCAA title game in 1988. Former Oklahoma Christian School star Blake Griffin carried those same honors in leading the Sooners to an Elite Eight run in 2009.
Will Trae Young do the same? Who knows. Can he have the same success? The answer is yes.