Heading into the upcoming season, the Oklahoma Sooners will be without freshman phenom, Trae Young. The 6-2 point guard announced his intentions to enter the 2018 NBA Draft via Twitter. With the announcement, the youngster ends his collegiate career after just one season in Norman.
Despite the struggles of the team as a whole, Young posted 27.3 points per game — a number that led all scorers across the country. In conjunction with the ability to score, the true freshman also involved the surrounding cast. Dishing out 8.7 assists per game, the most impressive feature of Young’s game is his court vision. Behind these numbers and his stature, the guard has drawn comparisons to Golden State’s Steph Curry.
Now, as NBA Franchises begin to put Young under a microscope, defensive deficiencies as well as shot selection will come into question. But, at 19 years of age, many of those questions can and will be overlooked. Why? It’s because Young proved to be an elite playmaker. Combine his court vision with sharpshooters or slashers like Jamal Crawford for a deadly combo. An intriguing prospect, this potential lottery pick could easily provide volume scoring given the opportunity though too.
Currently, Young is projected as a top ten pick in the upcoming draft. Of course, the NBA Draft Combine could easily break or make a few prospects. Yet, the Oklahoma freshman appears to be a lock for the lottery. With only two rounds, how will things shake out on June 21st?