Despite a disappointing ending to an outstanding freshman campaign, Oklahoma Sooner freshman phenom Trae Young has left an remarkable legacy at Norman. The hometown native led the nation in scoring (27.5) and in assists (8.9) per game. He also tied an NCAA Division I single game assist record by dropping 22 dimes. After the entertaining shooting clinics shown against his opponents, he felt that the time is now. First revealed by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, in a heartfelt letter, Young has decided to declare for the 2018 NBA Draft.
The frail 6’2″, 180 lb guard has been under the microscope ever since his breakout games against Big XII conference foes TCU, West Virginia and Texas as well as other non-conference competition. There were signs where he lived up to the saying, “putting the team on his back.” The crafty point guard has been able to display an array of attributes, and scouts have already dubbed him as a “future lottery pick.” The ball handling, intangibles and unlimited three point range has executives oozing over the bright future he may have in the NBA. In addition, there’s been preliminary comparisons to Golden State Warriors’ high-arching babyface assassin Steph Curry, as both players know how to create shots for themselves and for their teammates whenever the defender applies pressure.
Project to be the #9 pick in the NBA Draft in June, all eyes will be on the Sooner great to see if he can live up to the hype as the next long range bomber of this generation.