In February, the list of candidates vying for the Naismith Trophy was cut to ten. Included in the select group, Trae Young continued to post impressive numbers despite the Oklahoma Sooners diminishing record. Still, the Oklahoma Sooners’ true freshman point guard was considered to be one of the front-runners for the Naismith Trophy.
Unfortunately, consideration of the youngster has come to an end with the announcement of the four finalists. Instead, it’s the Kansas Jayhawks’ Devonte Graham carrying the torch from the Big 12 Conference after three players from the conference were listed in the top ten.
Naismith Award FINALISTS!
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— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 13, 2018
Moving forward, Young is still in contention for the Wooden Award given to the most outstanding basketball player. In conjunction, the Sooner could easily take home the Bob Cousy Award which is given to the nation’s top point guard. Needless to say, individual accolades are nice but a deep run into the NCAA Tournament may provide much more rewarding.
The Oklahoma Sooners take on Rhode Island on Thursday hoping to “upset” the Rams and avoid a first round exit.