Trae Young is becoming a household name with the numbers and highlights he's been putting up so far this season. The University of Oklahoma's freshman point guard has established himself as one of the best basketball players in the country because of his seemingly unstoppable offensive production. He could have one of the best individual college basketball seasons in recent memory if he keeps this up. Young is currently leading the country in scoring with 29.6 points per game and assists with 10.7 per game. These numbers are anything but empty, as Oklahoma is currently 11-1 and ranked seventh in the nation.
"I haven't coached against a freshman that plays the game at that level," Wichita State head coach Greg Marshall recently said of Young.
OU head coach Lon Kruger could hardly contain his amazement when speaking of Young. "He's been remarkable in every ball game," Kruger said. "I knew he was very skilled. I knew he could really shoot the ball. I knew he had great court vision. But to anticipate those numbers, I don't think anyone saw that coming."
As far as Young's game, he isn't going to overwhelm you with size or athleticism, but rather with his craftiness and a deep bag of tricks with the ball and even deeper range on his shot. He's been a walking bucket, but his vision, handles and play-making ability are why he also leads the nation in assists. Young has clearly worked himself into this product and a deeper look at his high school workouts reveals just how he's come to play at such a high level.
This first clip is just raw footage of his shooting ability; making more than 100 3's in about 10 minutes is no joke. Young's ability to stretch the floor and pull up from virtually anywhere makes him a threat from all spots on the floor.
This translates into his ability to do this:
Trae Young is a joke pic.twitter.com/tkBlBgR0hM
— Ricky O'Donnell (@SBN_Ricky) December 30, 2017
The next workout shows off some of his bag as he puts one-on-one moves against the likes of Jimmer Fredette and Gonzaga guard Josh Perkins. His handle has made him a nightmare to guard alone.
Finally, we get to see an array of skills including passing and dribbling, which has translated to his efficiency and playmaking ability in pick-and-roll situations.
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