Leading up the season we are doing a countdown of the Top 100 players in college basketball. These rankings are based on a poll made up of 14 CPP writers. These writers span from UCLA to Seton Hall so there is very little bias. Each day we will release the latest player on our ranking with a small write-up. Be sure to check out the rest of the Top 100 articles!
2016-2017 Stats: None (Freshman)
Why They Are Here
Trae Young is labeled as the best shooter in this freshman class. Young is a deadly shooter and has been known to pull up anywhere and be in range. Not only is Young a shooter but he is a true point guard that can distribute and make his teammates better. Young can score and pass making him a truly special offensive player. Keep in mind that he played on the same AAU team as Michael Porter Jr. so he is very comfortable passing it and playing off the ball. Everyone wants to talk about Bowen, Porter, and Duvan but Young also deserves some attention heading into his freshman year.
Role on This Year’s Team
Trae Young is walking into a fantastic situation with the Oklahoma Sooners. Lon Krueger is an incredible coach and the Sooners are ready to breakout after going through a rebuilding year last year. Kameron McGusty and Christian James will be very nice compliments in the backcourt with all three guards being able to play on and off the ball. Young will also have a number of developing forwards combined with grizzled veteran Khadeem Lattin to distribute to down low. Expect Trae to be in the middle of things right from the start as Oklahoma looks to climb back from their rebuilding season last year.
College Season/NBA Prospects
Point guards are some of the hardest players to peg when it comes to NBA Draft interest. People complained about Yogi Ferrell’s size but then Tyus Jones and Tyler Ulis were early entries into the draft. Trae is listed at 6’2 which could be generous and leaves him right on the fringe of point guard size anyways. Young could certainly play his way into being a one and done player but with Oklahoma on the upswing I can see Trae coming back for a second season to bolster his stock. College basketball fans should be sure to watch the Sooners and Young this year as his shooting and playmaking combination is extremely rare.
Be sure to check out tomorrow’s Top 100 player.