Trae Young has been, arguably, the best player in college basketball this season. The freshman guard is averaging more than 28 points and 9 assists per game.
Many have been calling Oklahoma’s star freshman “the closest thing we’ve seen to Steph Curry.” Watching him play, it’s easy to make that comparison.
However, one ESPN basketball guru has another comparison. This one isn’t as flattering.
ESPN’s Ryen Russillo said today that Young reminds him of a former star college guard that ended up being a pretty big NBA Draft bust. That player – Jimmer Fredette.
.@ryenarussillo: “Trae Young reminds me a lot of Jimmer.”
Me: “nah man….
Trae Young (fr): 37.8 USG, 59.2 TS%
Jimmer Fre (sr): 37.8 USG, 59.4 TS%
— Tom Haberstroh (@tomhaberstroh) February 22, 2018
The former BYU star averaged nearly 29 points a game his senior season. He went on to be a top pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.
Fredette went No. 10 overall in the ’11 Draft. He played with the Kings from 2011-14 and the Bulls and Pelicans in 2014-15. Fredette had a brief stint with the New York Knicks in 2016.
The former Cougars’ star has been out of the NBA ever since. He’s now playing in China.
Young, meanwhile, is being projected to be a really high pick. Most mocks have him going somewhere in the top 10.
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