Trae Young, The Un-Sung Oklahoma Hero
He is leading the country in points per game with an astonishing 28.8 points per game average, while also distributing the ball for 8.8 assists per game. He also gets it done of the defensive end with 2.3 steals and 0.4 blocks per game. He is also the countries leader in PER with an outstanding 36.5 PER. While the only true problem with him is one he shares with Russell Westbrook, his turnovers. He averages 3.8 turnovers per game, but on the upside he is still getting 8.8 assists per game this year. He has a field percentage of 48%, a 2 pointer percentage of 60%, and a three point percentage of 37.7%. But he has an effective field percentage of 58%. Trae is getting no attention from reporters or NBA scouts, even though he has had multiple outstanding games, one is his outburst in the fifth game of the season against Oregon, he shot 50% from the field-11 for 22- with a season high of 43 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, and 7 assists. Also his game against Portland, when he scored 33 points, 8 assists, 3 steals, and 5 rebounds. Although, he did have 5 turnovers. Regardless, he led the Sooners to a win in both of those games as well as a 7-1 record. But that is probably the biggest problem, he has only played 8 games. We haven't seen enough of Trae to truly make an NBA assumption or comparison, but so far I have to compare him to Russell Westbrook and Allen Iverson, more so Westbrook so I'll be comparing Trae to him. Another thing is the Sooners have a strength of schedule of 4.3, ranking as the 44th in college basketball. But his true test will be against third ranked Wichita State on December 16th, if Trae can show out I'll be correct in my assumption of thinking Trae is the best in college basketball right now.
But until that game starts, which will be in 6 hours from when I'm writing this, you know I'll be watching it and taking notes on Trae's ability.
Trae had 29 points, 10 assists, and 4 rebounds, along with 1 steal. He led the game in both points and assists. He did shoot 45.5% from the field, which isn't bad especially for a college player. He led the Oklahoma Sooners to a win against number three ranked Wichita State and will now be definitely noticed by the NBA scouts and maybe even the players.
My Analysis: Trae has great court vision and can make passes and an NBA level, while he is more of an inside player he isn't afraid of taking a three and can make them from deep. Even with all of those all around skills his jumpshot is very awkward, reminding me of Lonzo Ball's who obviously is not making a good rookie season. His jumpshot is exactly why I don't think he will go first overall, although I think he should. He will be a top 5 pick though. But more on his inside play, he can convert what should've been 2 shots into an and-one, he is a master at driving and making contested shots from mid-range, three, and especially at the rim.
In short, he's #1 pick material, I can't think of anyone who should be over him.