Trae Young won’t be forgotten by those in Norman, Okla. anytime soon.
Young, after one season at Oklahoma that saw him lead the nation in both points and assists per game, announced on Tuesday he is declaring for the 2018 NBA Draft.
The freshman point guard’s announcement didn’t come as a surprise to many after his spectacular display of talent that captivated college basketball fans across the country during the 2017-18 season. Young tallied four 40-point outings, including a season-high 48 points in a loss at Oklahoma State on Jan. 20.
Needless to say, Young proved his ability to dominate during his season with the Sooners. But that isn’t keeping some national pundits from questioning his decision to go pro.
That includes Fox Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb, who thinks Young should have stayed in school rather than go one-and-done at the collegiate level. Gottlieb didn’t hold back his opinions, suggesting that whoever drafts the Sooners star “is going to lose their job.”
You can listen to Gottlieb’s full reasoning for his opinion on Young here, but here’s a glimpse of the thoughts that he had to offer over the airwaves.
“Somebody will draft Trae Young and whoever drafts Trae Young will lose their job … since Feb. 1, in the last 11 games he played in college basketball, he shot 36 percent from the field and 26 percent from three-point range. In 11 games he also averaged nearly six turnovers per game. He turns over a bunch, holds onto the ball a bunch, and though he lit up college basketball before people had a scout on him, once people figured out that he was dominating the basketball and made him go left and made him shoot over the top, he struggled, and college basketball is down talent-wise. I’m not saying he’s not going to play in the NBA, but somebody is going to invest their fortune in him as their cryptocurrency thinking he is ‘bitcoin.'”
And that’s certainly an opinion to have on a player who helped lead his team to victories over no shortage of strong opponents this year — including three Big 12 teams that have made the Sweet Sixteen.
Regardless of what Gottlieb may have to say, that doesn’t change the fact that Young, 19, is set to have his name called once the draft arrives in three months. And in the era of one-and-done, it’s hard to blame Young for deciding to take the next step in his career when the opportunity is there.
The 2018 NBA Draft is set to be held on June 21 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
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