Former Oklahoma point guard Trae Young is one of the most intriguing 2018 NBA Draft prospects.
His shooting and passing ability made him one of the hottest freshman in college basketball last season, but he eventually came down to earth.
The Sooners stumbled into the NCAA Tournament only to be knocked out in the first round.
Young is still projected to go high in the 2018 NBA Draft. He ranks as the No. 7 prospect on The Ringer’s NBA Draft board.
Texas center Mo Bamba is the only player from the Big 12 ranked higher.
“At one point this season, he looked like the greatest freshman guard ever, with dynamic, can’t-miss shooting ability from all over the floor,” The Ringer wrote of Young.
The website also dished on Young’s negatives, stating, “Questionable shot selection has been an issue since high school. Does he have the willingness to play within a system?”
Next Stephen Curry?
He’s certainly polarizing in his potential. He shot lights out during the first half of the season and elevated Oklahoma to the No. 4-ranked team in the country. But the Sooners slipped down the stretch and couldn’t find wins on the road.
That late collapse wasn’t completely on Young. The talent around him wasn’t nearly the same as the players around former Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield two years ago. Concerns about his shot selection and effectiveness at his size are still warranted.
Young could easily be the next Stephen Curry with his shooting ability. But it’s clear he still has a ways to go and he’ll need better scorers around him.
The 2018 NBA Draft will begin Thursday, June 21. Young should expect to hear his name in the first round, but how early in the first round is the question.