Trae Young Dazzles the College Arena, Gains National Attention

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When you are compared to NBA stars like Steph Curry, Damian Lillard and Kyrie Irving it’s a big deal.

University of Oklahoma point guard Trae Young has burst onto the scene in college basketball this year and is making his presence felt.

Young is averaging 29.2 points, 10.1 assists, and 3.8 rebounds per game as a 19 year old freshman, and he has more 30 point 10 assist games than the rest of the nation combined.

His ability to pull up and hit the deep three and make extraordinary passes landed Young the Curry comparison, and even Curry himself had high praise.

“He’s unbelievable,” Curry said to ESPN. “The comparisons are what they are and when you turn on the game to watch him play you’re just watching him on the floor at all times. That kind of magnetism is special.”

In Curry’s senior year of college he averaged 28.6 points and 5.6 assists, and Young is already beyond that as a true freshman.

His incredible play has also caught the attention of EHS senior basketball star Jack Marinko.

“He will pull up and shoot from anywhere so you never know when he’s going to,” he said.

This type of performance is almost what is expected by a top five recruit, but Young was the 23rd overall recruit coming out of high school and was not expected to make a huge impact.

“His greatest strength is his mentality because it helps him see what he needs to do next and make the right play,” said junior Nate Waple, a college basketball fan and member of the basketball team.

Young first gained national attention during his Phil Knight Invitational tournament performance where he dropped 28 points against Arkansas, 33 points against Portland and a whopping 43 points against Oregon.

In Young’s last game against West Virginia he was face-guarded all game by one of the best defenders in the nation, Jevon Carter. Yet, Young still managed 29 points and 5 assists in the overtime loss.

“He played well, but needed to be able to get his teammates involved more and handle the man pressure they put on him throughout the game,” said junior Grant Schaefer, a college basketball fan and member of the basketball team. “I feel he was trying to do too much.”

Now Young has caught the attention of NBA teams. Only four other high major freshmen guards since 2009-10 have accounted for more than 30 percent of their team’s possessions over the course of a season, according to Sporting News. Two of those prospects were D’Angelo Russell and Markelle Fultz, who were both selected in the top two.

“He has strength and ability to compete at the next level,” Schaefer said. “He’s showing NBA teams why he should be a top pick in the draft.”

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