Trae Young Confirms He's Leaving Oklahoma To Enter NBA Draft

Trae Young: Time has come for me to enter NBA draft

Oklahoma G Young enters NBA draft

Oklahoma guard Trae Young became a national sensation in Norman this season, but now he's headed for the NBA.

When the 2017-18 college basketball season began, Young was nothing more than a name on a roster.

Young led Division I in scoring (27.4 points per game) and assists (8.7 per game), winning Big 12 Freshman of the Year, setting the conference's freshman scoring record (811 points) and being named First-Team All American along the way.

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For many one-and-done prospects, NBA Draft declarations feel nearly unnecessary, as virtually the entire basketball world flatly assumes that projected top-10 picks will declare.

One day at Norman High School, Trae Young was shooting hoops with Mokan Elite teammate Michael Porter they prepared for their senior years of high school.

In fact, the Big 12's coaches named another freshman Mohamad Bamba, as the preseason freshman of the year, not Trae. He admitted that he regretted being unable to lead the Sooners deeper into the tournament.

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In any event, after all the whiffs on this kid, he made sure to hit a grand slam this season and has put himself on everyone's map. We're very excited for him going forward and the next chapter in his basketball career.

"I've been preparing most of my life to join the National Basketball Association, and that time has come for me now", Young said in the announcement. He later scored at least 40 points three times in a six-game span. The USBWA named Young the victor of the 2018 Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award, named after OU legend Wayman Tisdale. "As always, I am ready to get to work".

When Curry was at Davidson he would will his team to wins, but Young wasn't able to do that at Oklahoma. After his performance faded down the stretch of the season, however, some speculated that he would consider returning to Oklahoma for one more NCAA go-round.

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Oklahoma reached as high as No. 4 in the Top 25, and Young was an early favourite for most player of the year awards. "Even when he didn't play so well, and when people criticized him, I thought he did a great job of handling that better".

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