After a season of intense scrutiny, former Oklahoma guard Trae Young is finally out of the spotlight — which could hurt his position in the upcoming NBA Draft.
Young and the Sooners were bounced in the first round of the NCAA Tournament by Rhode Island, and college basketball’s biggest name was out of the headlines for the first time all year. Now, he’s slipping down draft boards, according to CBS Sports’ Reid Forgrave.
After declaring for the NBA Draft earlier this week, Young is projected to be a lottery pick by Forgrave, but just barely. On CBS’s board, Young is projected to go to the Los Angeles Clippers with the No. 11 pick of the draft.
“The Clippers need another face of the franchise, and I can’t think of a better face of the Clippers than the young man who became the face of college basketball in 2017-18,” Forgrave wrote. “I know Young took criticism the final half of the season, but come on: He was the star of a young team that without him almost certainly wouldn’t have made the NIT. The dude is a stud.”
Young’s ability to play in the NBA has been the subject of debate — never mind that he became the only player in Division I history to lead the nation in both points and assists this year. For his part, the freshman said he thinks he’ll be even better in the NBA because the won’t have to face as many double teams as he did in college. Unfortunately, he’s not getting a chance to continually prove his worth in March, and as Forgrave wrote, the NCAA Tournament is “a very public scouting combine for future NBA players.”
Whatever team drafts Young will be drafting a player with a tremendous upside. Surround him with players that can knock down open shots, and you’ve got a recipe for success.
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