A 19-year-old freshman for Oklahoma is being dubbed the next Stephen Curry and he is blowing away the basketball world

  • Oklahoma point guard Trae Young is leading the nation and scoring and assists per game.
  • Young has drawn comparisons to Stephen Curry for his infinite range and brazen style of offense.
  • Curry even praised Young's game, and it appears Young is going to rocket up draft boards.


Through 13 games, Oklahoma point guard Trae Young is putting up unseen numbers in the NCAA and becoming the toast of college basketball.

The 19-year-old freshman point guard is leading the nation in scoring with 29 points per game and assists with 10.6 per game, while also averaging nearly 4 rebounds and 2 steals while shooting 47% from the field and 40% from three. It's working, as the Sooners are 12-1.

Stats aside, it's his explosive and brazen play that has him being compared to Stephen Curry. Young, like Curry, has infinite range and is prone to pulling up from 35 feet off the dribble, or bending a defense to his will and kicking it to teammates for easy baskets.

10 PHOTOS
Oklahoma basketball star Trae Young
See Gallery
Oklahoma basketball star Trae Young
WICHITA, KS - DECEMBER 16: Oklahoma Sooners guard Trae Young (11) during the college mens basketball game between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Wichita State Shockers on December 16, 2017 at the Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas. (Photo by William Purnell/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
WICHITA, KS - DECEMBER 16: Oklahoma Sooners guard Trae Young (11) during the college mens basketball game between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Wichita State Shockers on December 16, 2017 at the Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas. (Photo by William Purnell/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 08: Trae Young #11 of the Oklahoma Sooners drives between Elijah Stewart #30 and Chimezie Metu #4 of the USC Trojans as Khadeem Lattin #3 looks on in an 85-83 Sooner win during the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic at Staples Center on December 8, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 08: Trae Young #11 of the Oklahoma Sooners drives on Jonah Mathews #2 of the USC Trojans in an 85-83 Sooner win during the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic at Staples Center on December 8, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
PORTLAND, OR - NOVEMBER 26: Troy Brown #0 of the Oregon Ducks and Trae Young #11 of the Oklahoma Sooners battle for a loose ball as Khadeem Lattin #3 of the Oklahoma Sooners looks on during the first half of the game during the PK80-Phil Knight Invitational presented by State Farm at the Moda Center on November 26, 2017 in Portland, Oregon. Oklahoma won the game 90-80. Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
NORMAN, OK - NOVEMBER 15: Trae Young (11) of the Oklahoma Sooners drives to the basket against Trey Moses (24) of the Ball State Cardinals during the Oklahoma Sooners against the Ball State Cardinals at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Ok. (Photo by Richard Rowe/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
NORMAN, OK - NOVEMBER 15: Trae Young (11) of the Oklahoma Sooners drives to the basket against Ishmael El-Amin (5) of the Ball State Cardinals during the Oklahoma Sooners against the Ball State Cardinals at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Ok. (Photo by Richard Rowe/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PORTLAND, OR - NOVEMBER 26: Trae Young #11 of the Oklahoma Sooners tries to get around Mikyle McIntosh #22 of the Oregon Ducks during the first half of the game during the PK80-Phil Knight Invitational presented by State Farm at the Moda Center on November 26, 2017 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
NORMAN, OK - NOVEMBER 15: Trae Young (11) of the Oklahoma Sooners dribbles up court during the Oklahoma Sooners against the Ball State Cardinals at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Ok. (Photo by Richard Rowe/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
NORMAN, OK - NOVEMBER 15: Trae Young (11) of the Oklahoma Sooners dribbles up court during the Oklahoma Sooners against the Ball State Cardinals at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Ok. (Photo by Richard Rowe/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

As The Wall Street Journal's Ben Cohen wrote, Young is the first star player to grow up under the influence of Curry, much in the way today's NBA stars were influenced by Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James. Young is not shy about the comparison.

"I would record every game," Young told Cohen of watching Curry. "I'd watch before I went to bed or the next day. I watched how he played, how the Warriors moved without the ball and how Steph got everyone involved and still created for himself. I loved watching Steph’s game."

He added: "He was changing the game, and the way I played fit perfectly."

Fans don't need to squint to see the comparisons.

 

But Young isn't all high-wire, pull-up threes. He has the athleticism and vision to break down defenses and set up teammates.

 

 

Curry even praised Young on Wednesday, marveling at his playmaking and calling him "unbelievable."

 

"Just the confidence that he plays with," Curry said of Young. "I call it the flair, but it seems like he's always composed and knows what he's trying to do every time he has the ball in his hands. He shoots a lot of deep 3s and has a creativity to his game that's just so fluid to watch."

 

As The Ringer's Mark Titus noted, among point guards to win the John Wooden Award, Young would lead all of them in scoring and assists, second in three-point field goal percentage, and third in field goal percentage. Granted, the sample size is small, but Young's production is unlike anything college basketball has seen.

 

In early December, ESPN's NBA mock draft had Young going 17th in the draft. Now it's hard to imagine Young not ending up in the top 10.

 

There's still a lot of season left to be played, but Young looks like a game-changing force who's capturing the attention of NBA players, much in the way Curry did in college.

 

50 PHOTOS
Top college basketball programs
See Gallery
Top college basketball programs

50. USC

Points: 174

(Photo by Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports)

49. DePaul

Points: 186

(Photo by Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports)

48. San Francisco

Points: 191

(Photo by James Snook-USA TODAY Sports)

47. LSU

Points: 198

(Photo by Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)

46. Vanderbilt

Points: 204

(Photo via REUTERS/Eric Draper)

45. Georgia Tech

Points: 213

(Photo by Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports)

44. Kansas State

Points: 224

(Photo by Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

5. Kansas

Points: 857

(Photo by Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports)

43. Minnesota

Points: 226

(Photo by Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports)

42. West Virginia

Points: 229

(Photo by Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports)

41. Gonzaga

Points: 230

(Photo by Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports)

40. Stanford

Points: 232

(Photo by Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)

39. Utah

Points: 239

Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

39. Tennessee

Points: 243

(Photo by Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports)

37. Wisconsin

Points: 250

(Photo by Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

36. Texas

Points: 255

(Photo via REUTERS/Bill Waugh)

35. Pittsburgh

Points: 264

(Photo by Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

34. Oklahoma State

Points: 271

(Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

20. Oklahoma

Points: 371

(Photo by Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports)

33. Wake Forest

Points: 281

(Photo by Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

32. Virginia

Points: 283

(Photo by Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports)

31. Arkansas

Points: 289

(Photo by Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports)

30. Alabama

Points: 297

(Photo by Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

29. Missouri

Points: 300

(Photo by Dak Dillon-USA TODAY Sports

T-27. Florida

Points: 306

(Photo by Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

T-27. St. John's

Points: 306

(Photo by Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)

26. Memphis

Points: 307

(Photo by M. Anthony Nesmith/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

25. UNLV

Points: 321

(Photo by Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports)

24. Purdue

Points: 339

(Photo by Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports)

23. Iowa

Points: 343

(Photo by William Purnell/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

T-21. North Carolina State

Points: 366

 (Photo by William Howard/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

T-21. Marquette

Points: 366

(Photo by David Hahn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

19. Villanova

Points: 372

(Photo by Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports)

18. Notre Dame

Points: 382

(Photo by Jerome Davis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

17. Maryland

Points: 400

(Photo by James Snook-USA TODAY Sports)

16. Connecticut

Points: 402

(Photo by David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports)

15. Georgetown

Points: 421

(Photo by David Hahn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

14. Michigan

Points: 423

(Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

13. Michigan State

Points: 434

(Photo by Brett Rojo-USA TODAY Sports)

12. Ohio State

Points: 453

(Photo by Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports)

11. Illinois

Points: 479

(Photo viaREUTERS/Mike Stone)

10. Cincinnati

Points: 500

(Photo by Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports)

9. Syracuse

Points: 581

(Photo by David Banks-USA TODAY Sports)

8. Arizona

Points: 594

(Photo by Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports)

7. Louisville

Points: 627

(Photo by Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports)

6. Indiana

Points: 662

(Photo by Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports)

4. UCLA

Points: 957

(Photo by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports)

3. Duke

Points: 1,032

(Photo by Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports)

2. North Carolina

Points: 1,098

(Photo by Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports)

1. Kentucky

Points: 1,111

(Photo by Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports)

HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

 

NOW WATCH: Here's how LeBron James stays in incredible shape

 

See Also:

 

 

SEE ALSO: Injuries, infidelities, and poor choices: How Tiger Woods unraveled from the greatest golfer in the world

 

 

 

Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.