Trae Young ended his stellar debut season with an 83-78 overtime loss to Rhode Island on Thursday.
Young, who’s widely expected as a lottery pick in the 2018 NBA draft, might have played his last game as a Sooner in the NCAA Tournament. His father, Rayford Young, wants him to consider an extra year of college, however, according to Yahoo’s Pat Forde.
“I would love for him to think about coming back and maybe being national player of the year next year,” Rayford Young said, sitting in the front row of the arena after Rhode Island beat Oklahoma 83-78 in overtime. “But it’s his career, his life.”
It wouldn’t be an unprecedented move for a star Oklahoma player to return for another season.
Former Oklahoma forward Blake Griffin could’ve departed Norman, Okla., after his freshman campaign. Instead, stayed for his sophomore season, carried the Sooners to the Elite Eight, won the Naismith and Wooden award and was selected as the first overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft.
Young and his father will surely discuss the topic soon. Young has until 5 p.m. ET on June 11, which is the early entry entrant withdrawal deadline for this year’s draft, to decide what he’ll do next season.
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