Trae Young and Oklahoma were eliminated from the NCAA Tournament with a loss to Rhode Island on Thursday, and college basketball fans were divided over the result.
Many fans and media members praised Young for carrying the Sooners into the field. Others were glad to see Oklahoma lose so they wouldn’t have to listen to the media rave about Young any longer.
Here are some of the most interesting reactions from Twitter after the game.
The Tributes to Trae Young
Gotta take a second to salute Trae Young on his season.
27.4 points and 8.8 dimes a game. Certified bucket. See you in the League soon. pic.twitter.com/Hr3X6p1KPG
— SLAM Magazine (@SLAMonline) March 15, 2018
Many national media were simply appreciative of what Young accomplished this season. He led the country in points and assists this year and was the most exciting player in college basketball for much of the year.
It also might be the last we see of Young in college. Most people expect him to make the jump to the NBA. LeBron James certainly thinks he should.
Hell of a year for Trae Young. Very much looking forward to watching him play in the NBA.
— Gabe Ikard (@GabeIkard) March 15, 2018
— Bob Przybylo (@BPrzybylo) March 15, 2018
Many local media in Oklahoma praised on Young for his accomplishments this season and said they’d enjoy watching him at the next level.
Trae Young: 28-8-5
Trae Young's next-best teammate: pic.twitter.com/c21TLhZOod
— The Ringer (@ringer) March 15, 2018
Trae Young, 19, just had 28-7-5 on 9-18 in his first NCAA tourney game, carried a bad OU team to OT vs higher seed (OU's 2nd/3rd leading scorers combined 4-17)…and if you followed the game on twitter you'd think he blew it for his team.
— Jonathan Wasserman (@NBADraftWass) March 15, 2018
Others criticized to the quality of Young’s supporting cast, making the argument that he doesn’t deserve all the blame he often receives.
Of course, not everyone was sad to see Young’s freshman season come to an end.
The Trae Young critics
I just don't see NBA star in Trae Young. He's a gifted passer but doesn't have Iverson's explosive athleticism. He's no Steph from 3. Can be a quality point guard for a good team. But overhyped early and tried too hard to live up to his billing.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) March 15, 2018
If Young does go to the NBA, FOX Sports’ Skip Bayless isn’t optimistic about his pro potential.
Trae Young went off but Oklahoma still lost? How could the committee have seen this coming?
— Mick Shaffer (@mickshaffer) March 15, 2018
— Old Player Tweets (@OldPlayerTweets) March 15, 2018
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) March 15, 2018
We're two hours deep into this tournament, and I don't have to hear about Trae Young for the next three weeks. That's a big W.
— Patrick Southern (@patricksouthern) March 15, 2018
Thank you, Rhode Island, for saving us from anymore Trae Young talk.
— Charlie Burris (@Charlie_Burris) March 15, 2018
Many other fans were just glad that they wouldn’t have to listen to people talk about the Sooners point guard anymore. ESPN in particular received a lot of criticism for its fascination with Young.
The NCAA Tournament selection committee also faced plenty of scrutiny for putting Oklahoma in the tournament at all.
The Oklahoma star now must decide if he wants to go pro or return for the 2018-2019 college basketball season. The 2018 NBA Draft is Thursday, June 21.
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