For one top prospect in the 2018 NBA Draft, he has had the honor of being described as the next Steph Curry. Point guard Trae Young, who is all about proving doubters wrong, shares many similarities with the Golden State Warriors point guard. Both superstar athletes — take the wildest shots from a distance — and both being the leader of their team.
However, through Young’s eyes, he has a different outlook on the NBA player that is his perfect match. That would be eight-time NBA All-Star Steve Nash — who was a phenomenal point guard for the Phoenix Suns from 1996-2015.
“I think I bring a lot of things to the next level,” Young stated. He added, “I can space out the defense. I can attack defenders in multiple ways, get my teammates involved. I think I can pretty much do it all for a team and I am looking forward to whatever team I go to making a huge impact.”
Full Name: Rayford Trae Young
Birthdate: September 19, 1998
Birth Place: Lubbock, Texas
School: University of Oklahoma
As for Young, his rise to fame began in his sophomore year at Norman North High School in Oklahoma. That year, he exploded out of the gate, while he averaged 25 points, 5 assists, and 4 rebounds per game. His numbers only continued to rise. The following year, the junior point guard led his team to a 28-4 record. On top of that, the team went on to win the regional title and being named Oklahoma’s Player of the Year.
But the most astonishing thing is that there was hardly any mention of this electrifying and highly-skilled player, who was destined to shine out immediately and make a name for himself. In 2017, ESPN considered Young the second-best guard of his recruiting class. When the moment came for him to make his ultimate decision, without hesitation, he chose to play for the Oklahoma Sooners. But better than that, he was the first five-star recruit since Tiny Gallon in 2010. That’s remarkable.
Young’s first season with the Oklahoma Sooners had been rock solid. With his 3-pointers, ball-handling skills, and dropping 43 points against the University of Oregon, there is nothing that he is not capable of handling. However, Young did face some uphill battles with the Oklahoma Sooners.
On Jan. 5, he turned over the ball eight times, also, his individual defense has been described as “poor.” Then, matters only got worse. Eleven days later, he wounded up with a season-high 12 turnovers, after getting blown out by Kansas State. But things started to change. It was on Jan. 20 when he recorded a new career-high 48 points.