ESPN: Trae Young To Enter NBA Draft

Tuesday, March 20th 2018, 9:16 am
By: News On 6

ESPN Sports reports that OU freshman basketball player Trae Young has played his last college game. Young has decided to enter the NBA draft.

The Sooners were one and out at the NCAA tournament - and most people attributed their tourney invitation to Young's prowess. 

Young was named the Big 12 Conference’s Freshman of the Year on Sunday, as voted on by the conference’s head coaches. Additionally, Young was a unanimous selection for the All-Big 12 First Team and Big 12 All-Newcomer Team.

Young is the second Sooner to earn the Big 12 Freshman of the Year honor, joining Willie Warren in 2009. He is the third OU player in the Lon Kruger era to be named to the All-Big 12 First Team, joining Romero Osby (2013) and Buddy Hield (2015 and 2016).

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A 6-2 guard from Norman, Young leads the nation in scoring (27.5 points per game) and assists (8.9). No player in recorded NCAA history has finished a season leading the country in both scoring and assists.

Young is the first major-conference player in NCAA Division I history to total 800 points and 250 assists in the same season. His 826 points are the most ever scored in a regular season by a Big 12 player. He is just the second player from a major conference to reach 800 points during the regular season in the past 20 years, joining JJ Redick of Duke (833 in 2005-06). Young is also the only freshman in Division I basketball to score 800 points in a regular season during the Big 12 era.

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Young was also selected by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association to receive the 2018 Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award, the organization announced Wednesday.

Named after the late Wayman Tisdale in 2011, the USBWA has been recognizing a national freshman of the year since 1989. By receiving the honor, Young joins a prestigious list of past winners that includes Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Jason Kidd and Chris Webber.