The next time Trae Young takes to the game court it will count for real. After a 4-game exhibition tour to Australia and New Zealand, a charity scrimmage, and a final tune up exhibition game, we’ve learned that Oklahoma’s freshman phenom is going to be carrying a lot on his shoulders. The common theme from the summer trip through warm ups is that the Sooners need Young to be a scorer. That’s exactly what he was Wednesday night in OU’s final exhibition game.
Young posted 23 points and six assists in just 22 minutes of basketball against East Central. The performance marks five out of the six preseason games where Young scored 21 points or more. His lowest output came in the charity game where he only scored 18 points.
Young’s 23 points on Wednesday night came on 8-of-14 shooting from the floor and he was also 5-of-6 from the free throw line. However, the best thing that is coming from the highly touted freshman is his ability to make those around him better. Four other Oklahoma players joined him in double figure scoring. Christian James (18), Khadeem Lattin (15), Kameron McGusty (15), and Jamuni McNeace (13) all help boost Oklahoma’s offensive statics. Lattin also hit the glass for a team-high 10 rebounds, recording a double-double.
The Sooners will host Omaha at 2:00 on Sunday afternoon to open the 2017-18 season. Fans with a ticket stub from Oklahoma’s football game against TCU will be granted free entry to the basketball game.