College basketball: Meet Oklahoma freshman Trae Young
Oklahoma freshman guard Trae Young is just 6-2 but he's leading the country in scoring and he's third nationally in assists per game. The Sooners' freshman sensation is averaging 28.7 points per game – more than three points more than the country's second-leading scorer – and 8.7 assists per game.
Young has led Oklahoma to a 6-1 start one season after the Sooners finished 11-20. His scoring numbers aren't a fluke. If anything, he's gotten better with more experience at the college level. He has scored 33, 43, 32 and 28 points in his last four games.
Oklahoma freshman guard Trae Young leads the nation with 28.7 points per game. pic.twitter.com/kuHviProGt— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) December 5, 2017
Young is a high-usage scorer – he uses 37 percent of Oklahoma's possession, meaning 37 percent of the team's possessions end in a shot or turnover by Young, according to kenpom.com. The site says that he has a similar statistical profile in college to Villanova's Scottie Reynolds, Duke's Kyrie Irving and Ohio State's D'Angelo Russell.
The Sooners have two massive games upcoming – vs. No. 25 USC and at No. 6 Wichita State. If Oklahoma can win one or both of those games heading into Big 12 play, the team will be in good position to earn a bid to the NCAA tournament, where Young could have the chance to shine on college basketball's brightest stage.