Hoops History with 5-stars
Trae Young became the fourth five-star commitment for Oklahoma basketball since 2007, joining Keith Gallon, Willie Warren, and Blake Griffin.
Only Gallon and Warren were ranked higher, making Young the third highest rated prospect that the Sooners have landed in the Rivals.com era and would become the top ranked in-state player to ever play for OU.
There's a long contentious history of Oklahoma competing for in-state basketball talent. 35 years ago provided a glimpse at those highs and lows. In 1982, the Sooners lost out on Enid guard Mark Price to Georgia Tech, but would ultimately land Tulsa (Okla.) Booker T. Washington forward Wayman Tisdale.
Here are the highest rated players to sign with Oklahoma and also a quick look at other in-state prospects that got away.
Highest Ranked Sooners
"Tiny" came to Oklahoma with high expectations following a Final Four run with Blake Griffin and Willie Warren, but a disappointing freshman season mixed with NCAA violations forced the Houston native to enter the NBA Draft after just one season. Gallon was drafted 47th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks, but would be out of the league just a few months later.
Warren was Blake Griffin's right-hand-man in the team's 30- win season in 2008-09, averaging 14.6 points per game. When Griffin left for the NBA, there were many that predicted Oklahoma wouldn't skip much of a beat with Warren at the helm. However, an inconsistent and injury-riddled sophomore season culminated in the former Forth Worth five-star leaving for the NBA. The Clippers selected Warren with their 54th overall pick and actually signed Warren before delegating him to the D-League. He is currently playing professionally in China.
While Griffin was seen as a lottery pick after an impressive freshman season, he returned to Norman for a sophomore year. And what a decision it was. Griffin would lead Oklahoma to a 30-win season and Elite Eight, while being named the unanimous national player of the year. The Clippers selected Griffin No. 1 overall, where he found more success as the NBA Rookie of the Year and five-time All-Star.
The diminutive Lavender was an immediate spark for Oklahoma and averaged 11.3 points per game as a freshman, including a game-winner against Kansas State. However, a dip in minutes as a sophomore caused Lavender to transfer to Xavier, where he averaged 10.5 points per game over his final two seasons.
Clark was a solid player in Norman for three seasons, but as a senior was finally able to showcase the talent that made him the No. 34 player in the country. In his final season in Norman, Clark averaged 15.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, which put him back on the NBA radar. Even though he went undrafted, Clark has spent time with the Clippers and Buckers in the Summer League. He currently plays professionally in Italy.
Mason-Griffin was a part of that troubled 2009-10 squad and he joined his cohorts Warren and Gallon by entering the NBA Draft. Unlike his counterparts, however, "TMG" went undrafted despite leaving after just one season in Norman. He has spent time playing in Europe and was most recently waived by the Maine Red Claws.
McGusty is in the middle of his true freshman season in Norman, where he's averaging a healthy 10.5 points per game. The Sooner shooting guard is currently amidst a 13-game double-digit scoring streak, the longest by an Oklahoma freshman since Jeff Webster in 1990-91.
Henry is still the highest ranked player to come out of Oklahoma since 2003 and he was always a recruit that seemed destined to leave the Sooner State. He ultimately chose the Jayhawks over Memphis and Kentucky, where he left after one season and was selected 12th overall by the Memphis Grizzlies.
Young now assumes the throne as the highest ranked in-state player to commit to Oklahoma. The Norman North five-star point guard is an elite scorer that is capable of shooting from well behind the three-point line. He should immediately step into the Sooner starting lineup from day one and become an immediate scoring threat.
Giddens averaged over 10 points per game in his first two seasons in Lawrence, but was forced to transfer after a bar fight incident that ended in the former five-star being stabbed in the leg. However, after transferring to New Mexico for his junior and season year, the John Marshall product would lead the Lobos to a No. 3 seeding and was named the Mountain West Conference Co-Player of the Year in 2008. The Celtics selected Giddens 30th overall, where he played in a reserve role through 2010.
Muonelo was an explosive athlete and prolific all-around player at Edmond Santa Fe. Although that explosiveness never translated to an elite college career, Muonelo was a solid contributor for the Cowboys over four years and averaged over 10 points per game. The Philadelphia 76ers added Muonelo as an undrafted free agent to their summer team, but that would be the end of his NBA career.
Oklahoma was coming off one of their best seasons in school history with Blake Griffin at the helm, but were forced to leave the state to pick up their five-star center, Keith Gallon, because Orton left to play at Kentucky, where he actually originally committed to Billy Gillespie before John Calipari took over in the middle of his recruitment. Calipari sold Orton on his ability to quickly get him to the NBA and that's exactly what happened. Unfortunately, the former Bishop McGuinness star averaged fewer than four points per game as a freshman and fell to 29th overall in the draft. Orton would find minutes with the Magic before bouncing around with the Cavaliers, Pacers, Thunder, Rockets, 76ers, and ultimately the Wizards in 2014. He currently plays professionally in Greece.