After careful consideration, Trae Young is indeed the best player in College Basketball so far this season. Young, who plays for The Oklahoma Sooners(10-1), has been the most productive player. As of this writing, Young leads the NCAA in points(28.7), assists(10.4), player efficiency(37.9), assist percentage(57%), usage rate(36.1), points produced(346), and box plus/minus(16.6), according to basketball-reference. He’s doing all of this while only a Freshman! It’s still pretty early in the season but even if he has a drop off in production, the numbers would still be pretty impressive. He has Oklahoma rolling right now as they get ready for Big 12 play.
He’s a very polished player and very crafty with the ball and will pull from just about anywhere. The only real knock on him is that he doesn’t seem all too engaged on the defensive end, but when you combine all of what he does on offense, it’s really a small knock. He’ll definitely have to show more effort at the next level. Young really put the NCAA on notice after scoring 20+ points for the 10th straight time this season, including 43 against Oregon in the PK80 tournament. The scoring alone is impressive but Young is also doing a tremendous job of getting his teammates involved. He dished out 22 assists against Northwestern State, which tied an NCAA record. He’s climbing up draft boards and I’m interested to see if he can maintain this level of production. I’m excited to see how he does in conference play. I’ll be sure to tune in when he plays Kansas (Devonte’ Graham) January 23rd and West Virginia ( Jevon Carter) on January 6th.