Rumor: Trae Young moving up boards after great workouts
Right about now, with the 2017-18 season in the books and the offseason on the horizon, most teams around the NBA are keeping a keen eye on which prospects they might select in the upcoming NBA Draft, which is scheduled to take place on Thursday, June 21 at 7 p.m. EST. One such prospect is former Oklahoma Sooners point guard Trae Young, who’s seen his stock rise in recent days after working out for several teams.
Trae Young buzz is louder after slaying workouts with Hawks (#3) + Bulls (#7). Young canceled a workout with Sixers, who have tried to trade up from #10. Maybe for Young? Sixers met him at the combine. Magic like Young at #6.
— Kevin O'Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) June 18, 2018
Young, now 19 years of age, has drawn a lot of interest from teams around the league, including the Atlanta Hawks (third pick in the upcoming Draft), Chicago Bulls (seventh pick), New York Knicks (ninth pick), and Philadelphia 76ers (10th pick). The 6-2 native of Norman, Oklahoma has great accuracy at range, a solid handle, and excellent court vision. In fact, Young’s three-point shooting is so good that it has earned him the nickname of “Steph 2.0,” which is obviously a comparison to Golden State Warriors All-Star Stephen Curry.
In 32 freshman appearances with the Sooners last season, Young turned in averages of 27.4 points on 42.2 percent shooting from the field (36.0 percent from beyond the arc), 8.7 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.7 steals.
“A polarizing point guard who, depending on the perspective, can look like either Steph Curry or Seth Curry,” Kevin O’Connor writes in his recent article for The Ringer.
Exactly where Young will land in the Draft remains to be seen, but there is no doubt teams are interested in what he has to offer. Until then, have a go at some of his freshman highlights with the Sooners.