Jayhawk Dispatch

KU basketball recruit Trae Young to soon announce five official visit dates

Norman North’s Trae Young
Norman North’s Trae Young The Oklahoman

Trae Young, a 6-1 senior combo guard from Norman (Okla.) North High, told The Oklahoman he soon will announce dates for visits to five of the six schools on his list. Players are accorded just five visits in accordance with NCAA rules.

Young, who is ranked No. 14 in the Class of 2017 by Rivals.com, has a list of KU, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Kentucky, Texas Tech and Washington. The Huskies recently received a commitment from Young’s buddy, Michael Porter Jr., whose dad has been hired as a full-time assistant on Lorenzo Romar’s Washington staff.

“My family and I will sit down soon and come up with when we’ll start taking official visits. I only get five official visits, so one school won’t get an official visit. So I’ll just be setting those up, so I can get out there and learn as much as I can about those guys,” Young told the Oklahoman. “I want to take some during football season. I don’t know if I want to wait too long. I’d like to make a decision around December. That’s what I’m looking at, but anything can happen.”

Young and Porter played for MOKAN Elite AAU this past summer. The team won the prestigious Nike Peach Jam in July in Atlanta. The duo also competed for the gold-medal winning FIBA Americas Under 18 tournament in Chile.

As far as rumors he wants to be a package deal with Porter to Washington, Young told the Oklahoman: “He’s my good friend and we play really well together. We ended up winning the biggest tournament in high school basketball this summer.

“That was a big goal for us. We feel like we can do that at the college level. He feels that Washington is his spot and what’s best for him. I don’t know if Washington is the best spot for me. It could be, it could not be. I’m gonna do what’s best for me. But it’s still a possibility.”

Brown update

Troy Brown, a 6-6 senior combo guard from Las Vegas Centennial High who recently said he’d be attending Late Night in the Phog on Oct. 1, has set dates for his other campus visits.

Brown, who is ranked No. 10 in the Class of 2017 by Rivals.com, said he’d visit Ohio State on Sept. 2-4, Alabama on Sept. 9-10, Oregon on Sept. 23-25 and Georgetown on Oct. 5-7. He will not be making an official visit to California, though the Bears remain on his list of schools.

Of KU, Brown told Zagsblog.com, “I like Coach (Bill) Self and his determination to coach and make players better. Also, my sister (Jada) goes there.”

Possible package

John Petty, a 6-5 senior shooting guard from Johnson High in Huntsville, Ala., recently posted his top five schools on Twitter: KU, Alabama, Kentucky, Connecticut and Florida State. He is ranked No. 28 in the Class of 2017.

Petty will visit Alabama on Aug. 25-26. He and P.J. Washington, a 6-7 senior from Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev., who is ranked No. 19 are talking about possibly playing at the same school. So far, KU and Kentucky are the only two common schools on the duo’s lists. Kentucky and Texas are said to be the leaders for Washington.

“I feel like I could play with John in college,” Washington told Crossover TV. “I feel like it’s very possible. It might happen.”

Randolph update

Brandon Randolph, a 6-6 senior shooting guard from Westtown (Pa.) School, who is ranked No. 54 in the Class of 2017, tells Zagsblog.com he’ll be trimming his list of 12 schools to a workable number soon. He has a list of KU, Louisville, Alabama, Miami, Arizona, Indiana, Notre Dame, Oregon, North Carolina, Syracuse, Xavier, and Wake Forest.

Green’s list

Quade Green, a 6-foot senior point guard from Neumann-Goretti High in Philadelphia who is ranked No. 25 nationally, recently listed nine schools on Twitter.

They are: KU, Kentucky, Xavier, Arizona, Duke, Syracuse, Villanova, Temple and Louisville.

Gary Bedore: 816-234-4068, @garybedore