Trae Young receives national freshman honor; Oklahoma schedules key basketball opponent
Welcome to the Wednesday edition of our Oklahoma DieHards morning roundup, where we take you through all the biggest headlines around Oklahoma athletics.
Freshman honor for Trae Young
Oklahoma men’s basketball point guard Trae Young earned one of the nation’s highest honors for a first-year player. Young was presented with the Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year award by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.
Young became the first Division I player in NCAA history to lead the nation in points and assists per game. He led Oklahoma to the NCAA Tournament after it won just 11 games the previous season. Young is the first Sooners player to win the award named after Tisdale, one of the greatest players in Oklahoma history.
- Former Notre Dame defensive end Jay Hayes is considering Oklahoma as a graduate transfer. He will visit Norman for the spring game on Saturday. Hayes, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., started every game for Notre Dame last season.
- Baker Mayfield will be a busy man before the 2018 NFL Draft later this month. He has meetings set up with the New York Giants, Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins this week, and then the Denver Broncos and Arizona Cardinals next week, according to ESPN’s Josina Anderson.
Oklahoma men’s basketball has apparently scheduled a home-and-home matchup with the Creighton Bluejays, according to Fan Rag Sports’ Jon Rothstein. The Sooners will play against the Bluejays in Norman next season, and then travel to Omaha the following season.
Creighton has earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament in five of the last seven seasons. That includes the 2017-18 season. However, both Creighton and Oklahoma lost in the first round of the tournament. Adding Creighton to the schedule will help Coach Lon Kruger build schedule strength for his program.
Oklahoma baseball recorded a dominant 13-0 win over Little Rock on Tuesday in Norman. The Sooners recorded 8 hits and 10 walks in 29 at-bats.
Shortstop Brandon Zaragoza walked four times as the Sooners’ young players got some playing time in the midweek game. Six players scored at least 2 runs. Center fielder Steele Walker had 2 hits and 4 RBI in 5 at-bats. Kyle Tyler picked up the win after allowoing 2 hits and striking out 9 in eight innings pitched.
What they’re saying on Twitter
Coach Lincoln Riley
Oh wow…this weekend keeps getting better👀
I don’t know if you’re ready for whats coming👀
— Lincoln Riley (@LincolnRiley) April 11, 2018
Notre Dame grad transfer Jay Hayes
— Jay Hayes (@JayHayesNY) April 10, 2018
Former fullback Dimitri Flowers
— Dimitri Flowers (@treeflowers36) April 10, 2018
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