Move over Marvin Bagley, Trae Young has arrived.
The Oklahoma freshman point guard is having a monster season so far for the Sooners. Oklahoma is 7-1 with wins over Oregon and USC, and it can make a huge statement with a win against Wichita State on Saturday.
Young’s scoring and passing ability has made him one of the most dangerous players in college basketball, and NBC Sports has placed Young at the top of its Player of the Year Power Rankings, updated on Tuesday.
“Assuming he stays on his current pace [I can’t imagine that he actually will, but he might] he’ll do things that have not been done for 27 years, and that may never have been done before,” NBC Sports’ Rob Dauster writes. “Young is currently averaging 28.8 points and 8.8 assists. The last player to do that was Loyola Marymount’s Terrell Lowery back in 1990-1991.”
It’s fair to say Young’s current pace would be insane to sustain throughout the season. But through eight games, Young looks like a special player and living up to his elite potential.
If he can keep up his pace and put Oklahoma in a position to make the NCAA Tournament as a top-4 seed, it’s going to be hard to ignore Young for college basketball’s Player of the Year awards.
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