W. Dawkins

Oklahoma’s Trae Young Off To Historic Start

Author: W. Dawkins
Oklahoma’s Trae Young Off To Historic Start

Star Oklahoma freshman Trae Young is destroying college basketball this season.

 

The 6-2 point guard, ESPN’s No. 23 player in the 2017 high school class, is second in the nation in scoring and third in assists, averaging a whopping 28.2 points and 8.6 dimes this season.

 

Young had 33 points and 8 assists in a 93-71 win over Portland on Nov. 24, then made national headlines when he exploded for 43 points (30 in the second half) two days later in a 90-80 win over Oregon.

 

He then followed that up with a 32-point, 10-assist gem in a 82-72 victory over North Texas on Thursday.

 

“Trae Young is a collegiate version of Steph Curry,” CBS Sports Jon Rothstein said via Twitter. “Scored 43 as Oklahoma beats Oregon. Averaged 34.7 PPG in three games at the PK80. Flat. Out. Stud.”

 

Young is the only second Sooners’ freshman to ever score 40 or more points in a game and is on pace to destroy the school’s all-time freshman scoring record of 24.5 ppg set by Wayman Tisdale.

 

“The bedrock of Young’s offensive game is his shooting ability,” wrote SBNation’s Ricky O’Donnell. “He already has a rare talent for making jumpers with deep range off the dribble. He can get these shots whenever he wants.”

 

“Young can shoot at any time, from anywhere, and he has the confidence to make it,” adds O’Donnell.

 

Scoring has always come naturally for Young, who averaged an eye-popping 42.6 points along with 5.8 rebounds and 4.1 assists last season for Norman North HS (OK).

 

As a junior, he averaged a whopping 35.4 points along with 8.2 assists for Norman North.

 

Young was also one of the top players on the entire Nike EYBL circuit in 2016, averaging 23.2 points and 7.1 assists to lead Mokan to the Peach Jam championship along with teammate, No. 2 2017 recruit Michael Porter (Missouri).

 

He also won a USA gold medal at the 2016 FIBA Men’s U18 World Championship in Valdivia, Chile.

 

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