The kid can flat out ball.
Trae Young's freshman season at OU was so impressive from an individual standpoint pro scouts will overlook the team's overall performance down the stretch.
Would another year in the college ranks benefit the young sharpshooter?
The answer is an emphatic yes.
Another undersized guard in Allen Iverson was ready to play at the pro level right out of high school. But his second year at Georgetown really elevated his game allowing him to become the first overall pick in the 1996 draft.
Staying at OU for another season was not an option for Young. With his future earning potential on the line, only a fool would stick around.
Young is a different animal. He lets it fly from three point land at a much higher rate than Iverson, and much like Bubba Chuck, he never met a shot he didn't like.
With the NBA's style of play moving out toward the perimeter, a guy like Young can fit in just about anywhere.
Then there's the star power Young possesses. ESPN literally had a Trae Young stat box during various OU games.
Looking at the NBA Draft board, the realistic landing spot for Young is somewhere between the sixth and ninth pick. In that span the Magic, Bulls, Cavaliers and Knicks are slated to make a selection.
For Orlando, D.J. Augustin and Shelvin Mack are decent backups. You aren't winning a championship with either running the offense. If the Magic want to get back to respectability, Young possess the skill set necessary to be successful when paired with the likes of Aaron Gordon, Evan Fournier and last year's first round selection Jonathan Isaac.
Not only would Young help carry the load scoring, the Magic have some solid perimeter shooters that would benefit from his ability to distribute the basketball.
The Chicago Bulls need a marquee name in their lineup. Lauri Markkanen was impressive as a rookie but he needs some help. Without ever stepping foot on an NBA floor, Young can step in and lead that team in scoring.
At the eighth spot, the Cavaliers need to pick either the heir to LeBron James, or give him someone other than an often banged up Kevin Love and the guy paying child support to a Kardashian.
In New York Knick land, they have been searing for a star since, well Patrick Ewing hung it up. Marbury was a disappointment. Carmelo was a big name, but he failed to deliver. I don't know if Young is ready for the big city, but as a fan of the team I can only hope he slips this far in the draft.
With a lot of big men at the top of this draft, Young, who is maybe 6'1” with shoes on, is the most intriguing talent available.