Sooners' Young named semifinalist for Naismith Trophy
NORMAN, Okla. (KOKH) —
University of Oklahoma basketball standout Trae Young is being recognized as one of the ten best players in the country.
The Sooners' freshman guard has been named a semifinalist for the Naismith Trophy, honoring the top men's college basketball player in the country, according to OU. Four finalists will be selected in mid-March.
Young currently leads the nation in both scoring (28.0 points per game) and assists (9.0 assists per game). No player has ever finished a season leading the NCAA in both categories.
Young's rookie campaign has been on a record-breaking pace. His 811 points are already the most ever by a Big 12 player in the regular season. He's also just 17 assists shy of tying the NCAA assist record by a freshman, set by Duke's Bobby Hurley in 1989-90.
Young is joined on the list by Deande Ayton (Arizona), Marvin Bagley III (Duke), Keita Bates-Diop (Ohio State), Trevon Bluiett (Xavier), Miles Bridges (Michigan State), Jalen Brunson (Villanova), Kennana Evans (Texas Tech), Devonte' Graham (Kansas) and Jock Landale (St. Mary's).
Two former Sooners have won the prestigious award: Blake Griffin (2009) and Buddy Hield (2016).