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Trae Young Is Leaving Oklahoma To Enter The 2018 NBA Draft

A closeup of Trae Young in an Oklahoma uniform.

LAWRENCE, KS - FEBRUARY 19: Trae Young #11 of the Oklahoma Sooners in action against the Kansas Jayhawks at Allen Fieldhouse on February 19, 2018 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

The Big 12 Freshman of The Year's time in the college ranks is officially up.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Oklahoma star Trae Young will enter the 2018 NBA Draft in June.

Young announced the news on Tuesday morning.

This season, the 19-year-old guard earned first-team All-American honors after averaging 27.4 points and 8.7 assists per game to lead the country in those respective categories. Young's season ended early after the Sooners were bounced by Rhode Island in the first round of the NCAA tournament last week. He put up 28 points and eight assists in the loss.

Young helped the Sooners rise all the way up to No. 4 in the country earlier in the season. But Oklahoma struggled down the stretch - partially because teams began to focus all of their defensive efforts on stopping him.

In an essay by Young as told to Wojnarowski, the freshman phenom said:

I've been preparing most of my life to join the NBA, and that time has come for me now: After an unforgettable year at the University of Oklahoma, I will enter the June NBA draft and fully immerse myself in the pursuit of a pro basketball career.

In ESPN's latest mock draft, analyst Jonathan Givony projects Young will be selected with the No. 8 overall pick.