I think so. This kid has been amazing the first six weeks of the season. Averaging 28.7 points and 10.4 assists per game for the University of Oklahoma, as a freshman. At 6’2 and 173lbs, Young has unlimited range and can use his handle to get to the basket and finish at the rim, a la Stephen Curry. My first time seeing Trae Young was at the Nike Peach Jam in the summer of 2016. He was playing with the Mokan Elite AAU team with fellow 5 star and potential top draft pick of the 2018 NBA Draft Michael Porter Jr. There, he led them to the Peach Jam title averaging 27 points, 7.2 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 3.1 steals per game while shooting 55 percent from the field, 91 percent from the free-throw line and 47 percent from three-point range. To a lot of people Trae Young just exploded on the scene. Truthfully, he’s been doing this for years. After not playing basketball his freshman year at Norman High School (Norman,OK) he put up numbers his sophomore year, averaging 25 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists per game. His junior year he upped his level of play. Young averaged 34.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 4.6 assist per game, leading his 2016 Oklahoma Class 6A championship. That year, he would be named Oklahoma’s High School Basketball Player of the Year. He was also a member of the 2016 USA Men’s U18 National Team that won a gold medal at The 2016 FIBA Americas 18 and under championship. Just when you thought he couldn’t get any better, he raised his level of play again. For his senior year he averaged a ridiculous 42.6 points, with 5.8 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game.
So why the the Steph Curry comparisons? Trae Young, like Steph Curry has a slight build but a big heart and a scoring prowess that can take down nationally ranked programs. Like what he and his team did on December 16th beating the third ranked Wichita State 91-83. Young put up 29 points and 10 assists against what everyone calls the most complete team in the NCAA landscape. He takes a third of his team shots yet averages over ten assists per game. In addition to dominating Wichita State he also dominated USC for 29 points, 9 assists. On November 23rd, Young scored 28 points vs Arkansas and on November 26th at the PK80 tournament vs Oregon, Young went off for 43 points and 7 assists. On December 19th, against Northwestern State he had 26 points and 22 assists and on December 22nd, vs Northwestern, Young was amazing. Scoring 25 points and dishing 10 assists in the first half en route to a 31 point 12 assist night. He’s a tough player to game plan for. A “shoot first, pass first” player. If Young keeps up this current pace, he could be the first player in NCAA history to lead the nation in points and assists. Not as a freshmen, but EVER! Trae Young is must see tv. He is the best player in college basketball today. I am looking for more big games out of him as the college season rolls on.