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Sooners Freshman Trae Young to Declare for 2018 NBA Draft?

The Oklahoma Sooners bowed out of the first round of NCAA competition, and with it probably their last time with sweet-shooting point guard Trae Young as their leader.

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Speaking to reporters after being eliminated by Rhode Island on Thursday, he admitted that staying or declaring for the draft is a “tough process.”

Right now my focus is with my teammates,” he said. “Later this week I’ll sit down with my family and talk about my future plans.”

The 6-2 Lubbock, TX native has been tearing college basketball with long distance bombs that he constantly draws comparison with two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry. Mock drafts put him at top 10 in this year’s draft.

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The top position is being contested by Arizona freshman center, DeAndre Ayton (19.9 points and 11.4 rebounds), and Marvin Bagley III (20.7 points and 11.2 rebounds).

He was the consensus player of the year in the first few weeks of the season until the Sooners struggled at the tail end of the tournament. His three-point percentage also took a dive at 36.1 percent. Nevertheless, he’s still averaging 27.4 points and 8.8 assists.

Scouts are even willing to overlook his short arms, lack of quickness and slim frame because of his shooting ability, high IQ and uncanny ability to change speed. Of course, there’s the elite shooting from almost anywhere in the court. He’s making 4.3 shots from rainbow country per game.

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The CBS Sports mock draft ranked him at eighth. The article also blamed Young’s teammates more than the 19-year-old considering that the other teams were focusing their defenses on the point guard and challenging the others to make their shots, which they couldn’t.

“But he’s still averaging 27.4 points and 8.8 assists. And he still has incredible vision and playmaking skills. And he’ll still be a top 10 pick,” it said.

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