College basketball has produced many stars in the one and done era and most of them we know will be stars coming in. DeAndre Ayton, Marvin Bagley, Mohamed Bamba, and Michael Porter Jr were all top players coming out of high school and had the prep to pro NBA rules of yesteryear still been in place, they assuredly would have all been top picks.
Young was not mentioned with the aforementioned players however. Though Young did make the McDonalds All-American team, he wasn’t known as a transcendent player. Young was the 23rd ranked player in this class, behind every Duke commit and behind five of Kentucky’s commits.
In just one short season, Young made himself known by his play. Young’s dynamic scoring ability made him an online sensation. His shooting ability made many feel like he was the second coming of Steph Curry while his passing ability had the Steve Nash feel. He became the first player ever to lead the country in points and assists, while leading Oklahoma to as high as the #4 ranking.
That moment, the season began to fall apart for the Sooners as they lost 12 of their last 16 games. The Sooners went from that #4 ranking to almost out of the NCAA tournament entirely. Young would end the season in the first round to Rhode Island, putting up 28 points, seven assists, and five rebounds. Monday morning, Young announced his decision to enter the NBA draft.
The time has come, and this journey was not easy… But I'm ready!! But there's so many people who helped me along the way🙏🏽💯 https://t.co/mPAuOST4lo
— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) March 20, 2018
Where does this leave Trae Young in the draft?
At one point Trae Young was mentioned as possibly being the #1 overall pick, but that time has long passed. Unfortunately for Young, this is arguably one of the best big man drafts in a very long time and contrary to belief, the NBA still loves skilled big men. All of the top seven recruits in Sports Illustrated’s big board are 6’8″ and up, and have the skill level to justify a high pick.
The general consensus is that Young should still be a lottery pick. A player of his ability very rarely makes it out of the lottery, even when there are question marks. The popular mock draft choice for Young is the 8 and 9 picks, which describe his position among the prospects. He’s likely to be the first guard off the board, and could even see a guard needy team trade up to get him.