Oklahoma Sooners freshman point guard Trae Young had a historic performance in his team’s 105-68 win over Northwestern State. Young tied the NCAA Division I record with 22 assists in a game and became the first player in two decades to register at least 20 points and 20 assists in the same game.
On Thursday, the 2017 McDonald’s All-American joined The Jim Rome Show on CBS Sports Radio and shared his thoughts on his record-setting game, while deflecting credit to his teammates.
“It was a great night. Definitely a night I won’t forget,” Young said. “I was telling my teammates, I was thanking them after the game for knocking down shots. Unlike getting a rebound, or scoring, or getting steals, assisting is a team stat, because you need other people to score and so I was more happy for my teammates that night more than anything.”
Ten games in to his first year in college, the five-star recruit is averaging 28.5 points and 10.2 assists a game. Young was asked if he’s surprised with how comfortable he is already with the college game.
“I knew coming in I wasn’t going to average 42 points at this level, but I’m not going to say I’m surprised by the way I’m playing,” the 19-year old said. “Just because I put so much work and preparation coming into the season that I expected to be playing like this, and I saw my teammates doing the same. Putting in extra hours, sleeping right, eating right, just preparing for the season so I was expecting us to have this type of season just because of how hard we worked. And everybody buying into what Coach Kruger is instilling into us.”
A Norman, Oklahoma native, Young played his high school basketball in the same city as he’s playing now, a local celebrity long before he got to campus. That’s prepared him for the national attention he’s now earning as a national player of the year candidate.
“This isn’t overwhelming, I enjoy it,” Young said. “My AAU coach told me in high school that winning takes care of everything. So I knew coming in, if we won, and I was playing well, and my team was playing well, everything would come. And so far we are on the right track, and I’m on the right track. And I just want to continue keep it going and that’s what’s motivated me. But none of this is really overwhelming. I know it’s a process and I’m taking it all in stride.”