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OU’s Trae Young to enter NBA….Good decision?



One and done for Oklahoma Sooners Trae Young, the freshman who led the nation in scoring and assists this year, a feat that no other college player has accomplished in the history of the game.  Young announced his intentions today, saying that it is something that he has wanted to do for a very long time, that is, play in the National Basketball Association.  The 6’2 point guard will be a lottery pick, probably falling anywhere between the sixth and the 12th pick in the upcoming NBA draft in April.  The move will make Young, at nineteen, a multi-million dollar man, as most suspect that his three year guaranteed salary is worth upwards of thirteen million.  If he goes higher than expected, the guarantee would be higher.  A decision that he could not turn down, Young  becomes the first one-and-done player at OU.  The Norman North high school star that decided to stay at home to play his one year of college ball within a few miles of his home, made a statement today, letting everyone in the basketball program at OU that he was appreciative of the year he spent playing for head coach Lonnie Kruger and his fellow teammates.


“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.  However, I will regret that I didn’t help the Sooners win a national championship,” Young continued. “I have always wanted to honor the legacies of Wayman Tisdale, Blake Griffin and Buddy Hield, OU legends who led the program to Elite Eights and Final Fours. I wanted to take the Sooners the distance — all the way to a national championship. When I chose OU, I imagined I’d have more than one chance at the NCAA tournament, but things changed and this season became my only opportunity. 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, without some regret that we won’t get to run it back together next season.”


Young’s statistics this year included points (27.4) and assists (8.7) per game, helping the Sooners earn an 18-13 record and reach the NCAA Tournament, where they fell to Rhode Island in the round of 64.


The decision, good or bad, was one that was made with business in mind.  The amount of money involved was just too much for Young to turn down, as was a three year guarantee in the NBA, allowing the Sooner star time to develop his game on the world’s best basketball platform.  It was a good move made by Young.


Feature photo:  AP-In this March 13, 2018, file photo, Oklahoma’s Trae Young answers questions during a news conference for an NCAA college basketball first round game in Pittsburgh. Oklahoma star freshman Trae Young is leaving for the NBA after a standout season. The 6-foot-2 guard averaged 27.4 points and 8.7 assists this season, and many projections have him going early in the first round. He posted the reasons for his decision on ESPN early Tuesday, March 20, 2018, saying he was ready to put in the work needed to play in the NBA. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Secondary photo:  ESPN

About Fred Pahlke

Fred Pahlke, an Oklahoma native has viewed over 10,000 sporting events in his 65 years. A season ticket holder of the Oklahoma City Thunder, former season tickect holder for the Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma City University Chiefs/Stars, he is an expert in both professional and college basketball and football. A high school athlete at Classen High School in basketball and tennis, he played amateur tennis after high school in the Missouri Valley Tennis Association. A graduate of Oklahoma City University, he taught in the public schools for 6 years before becoming a building administrator in the Oklahoma City Public Schools for 31 years, 28 as the Principal of various schools in the district. He has guided various high school and college athletes in his time as an educator and coach. Fredsportsextra has recorded 101, 410 article views in its first ten months, from August 2015 through May 2016.

2 Responses to “OU’s Trae Young to enter NBA….Good decision?”

  1. March 20, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    But you cannot get past the fact that you do not turn down a lifetime of salary for three years work at age 19….you can take allegiance and such but family/yourself has to come first. OU used Trae as much as Trae gave OU one year. It is not Trae’s fault that Kruger let this team slip into distruction……in the long of it, Tray made a business decision and if he was my kid and turned down 12 million and a 3 year contract guarenteed I would have been very very upset…..that I did not teach my sons the meaing of putting food on the table and supporting yourself in the best possible way.

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