As expected, Oklahoma Sooners point guard Trae Young has declared for the upcoming NBA Draft 2018.
In an exclusive interview with Adrian Wojnarowski for ESPN, he said that he might seem young at 19 years old but he’s been preparing for this moment all his life even after spending just a year at the University of Oklahoma.
One thing that he regretted, however, is that he wasn’t able to help the school win the national championship or even going to the Elite Eight and Final Fours in the footsteps of Blake Griffin, Wayman Tisdal, and Buddy Hield.
“As a kid at the Norman YMCA, I dreamed of making the shot to lead the Sooners to a national championship,” he said, “But I dreamed of the NBA too, playing against the best players in the world, and it’s time for me.”
Young also said that even if he wanted another chance at leading the Sooners to a national championship in what would have been his sophomore year, in the end, he has to make a decision that is best for him and his family.
“In the end, I have to make the decision that I believe is best for me, but it doesn’t mean I do so without a heavy heart.”
The 6-1 point guard is aware of all the criticisms against him—he’s too skinny, too small and too slow to play in the NBA against grown men. But he said that being “overlooked and underestimated” has been the common theme throughout his life.
“I was never the big leaper, the dunker, the long and athletic kid who looked the part of a traditional basketball star. Truth be told, I wasn’t even considered a top guard coming out of my recruiting class,” he said.
But Young said that nobody can outwork him on the court and nobody has the biggest chip on his shoulders than he was. He vows to take that edge into the NBA.