Posted by on 01/10/2017

The Norman North Timberwolves claimed the championship at the Bishop McGuinness Classic beating Yukon 72-51. Trae’ Young led the way for Norman North with 43 points.

After scoring a program record 120 points in the opening round of the tournament against the OKC Knights and then edging rival Norman in Saturday’s semifinal, Norman North improved its record to 6-2 on the year.

After a bit of a slow start, Coach Bryan Merritt feels the team is starting to come together. “We got our football kids so late because they were in the State Championship game, I think we had only four practices the entire first semester,” Merritt said. “Over the Christmas break we were able to get six or seven practices in so I think we’re going to be a lot better this semester, continue to improve and should be a real good team in the end.”

By now those who follow high school basketball and recruiting are well aware of Trae’ Young, the highly sought after guard who had 40 points in the opening round of the tournament and scored 53 in a game earlier this year.  Merritt was also quick to credit some of the other key performers he hopes will lead them to a return trip to the state tournament.  “Juwan White (6’2, Jr.) is a move in from Georgia with great potential and our two inside kids, Winston Nelson (6’6, Sr.) and Charlie Kolar (6’6, Sr.) are back from last year’s team and Drake Stoops is stepping up a lot this year too.”

Next up for the Timberwolves is a game Friday at Yukon.