Last Updated: 2017-12-05
It’s only seven games into his college basketball career, but Trae Young is turning into the next great point guard. Young leads the country in scoring at 28.7 points per game. He is shooting over 47 percent from the field, as well as 38 percent from 3-point range. As a result, Young has been looked upon as the next Stephen Curry. Standing at 6-foot-2 180 pounds, Young has a similar build as the former Davidson Wildcats’ star. However, each player has arrived to their points in different fashion. In fact, Young is on pace to do things Curry never did on the collegiate level.
In regards to Young, his arrival on a college campus came with much more fanfare than Curry. He was a 5-star recruit out of Norman, Oklahoma and his hometown team actually wanted to bring him into the program. The closest Curry ever came to joining a Power 5 program was as a preferred Walk-on at Virginia Tech. Furthermore, Curry only averaged 21.5 points during his freshman season.
So far, Young has displayed the ability to score on every level in the college game. He’s shooting 58.3 percent from 2-point range. Therefore, Young is not just relying on a 3-point shot for the (6-1) Sooners. Furthermore, Young is adept at drawing fouls. He’s making 8-of-9 foul shots per game. Young is not quite a 50-40-90 guy, but these are legitimate goals he could aspire to this season.
In case you were wondering, Young is not a gunner. He leads the team with 18 shots per game. Teammate Christian James is second on the team with 10 attempts per game. However, the next three on the list are between 6.7 and 7.6 attempts per game. That means Young is definitely the offensive leader, but the Sooners need the rest of the team to fulfill their role. It’s one of the reasons why Young is such a well-rounded player.
In addition to leading the country in scoring, he’s No. 3 with 8.7 assists per game. Currently, the Sooners are producing 18.7 assists per game. Young also delivers 3.9 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game. His only drawback is turnovers where he is coughing up 3.9 per game.
During the Sooners’ win over UTSA, Young had his fifth straight game with at least 28 points. He tied a career high 22 shot attempts, while making 7-of-11 from 2-point range. However, he was only 2-of-11 from downtown. Although he wasn’t stellar from beyond the arc, Young still managed an evenly played game from a shooting perspective. Unfortunately, he also had six turnovers in the win.
The Sooners have a few more opportunities to impress in non conference action. Their next opponent is against the No. 25 USC Trojans in a neutral site game on Friday night. They also have games against the No. 6 Wichita State Shockers and Northwestern Wildcats before conference play starts. Young will have three opportunities to prove he is the best point guard in the country. The Trojans have Jordan McLaughlin playing excellent ball. Then, Young will face Landry Shamet and Bryant McIntosh in pivotal matchups. Right now, Young is the most explosive scorer of the bunch but he will have his hands full with the defensive tenacity prior to conference play.
For now, Young is starting to look like the next great scoring machine. He can really state his case to be the best point guard in the coming weeks. However, he has a long way to go before that happens.