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Oklahoma freshman guard Trae Young to enter National Basketball Association draft

Oklahoma freshman guard Trae Young to enter National Basketball Association draft

Trae Young has officially announced that he plans to leave his college days at Oklahoma behind him and enter the 2018 National Basketball Association draft. In an essay with ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Young describes his journey from a skinny, 5'6 eighth grader to the nation's leading scorer and his decision to declare for the 2018 NBA Draft.

This season Young had a monster year, he tied an NCAA Division I record with 22 assists and became the first player in two decades to register at least 20 points and 20 assists in the same game according to ESPN.

Young had 28 points and eight assists in the Sooners' season-ending loss to Rhode Island in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday. Young has range akin to that of Curry, but scouts have concerns about his frame, defensive ability, and shot selection - numerous same concerns they had about Curry, who fell to No. 7 in the 2009 NBA Draft. "He had the type of season that deserves this attention and put him in the position that he's in now". He admitted that he regretted being unable to lead the Sooners deeper into the tournament. "Closer to home, I am grateful for how fairly the local Oklahoma media always covered me, from high school through college".

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17, a number of 2018 NBA Draft prospects silenced their critics and solidified their place as pro-level prospects. Young's 279 dimes are the most ever by a Big 12 freshman and one assist short of the Oklahoma program record (280 by Ricky Grace in 1988). His 876 points are the fourth-most in a single season by a Sooner, trailing only Wayman Tisdale (932 and 919) and Buddy Hield (925).

In fact, the Big 12's coaches named another freshman Mohamad Bamba, as the preseason freshman of the year, not Trae. The USBWA named Young the victor of the 2018 Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award, named after OU legend Wayman Tisdale. When I chose OU, I imagined I'd have more than one chance at the NCAA tournament, but things changed and this season became my only opportunity. "Even when he didn't play so well, and when people criticized him, I thought he did a great job of handling that better. We expect it to all work out for him in a fantastic way".


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