Is Trae Young The Next Big Thing?

Is Trae Young The Next Big Thing?

Can this freshman phenom take it to the next level?
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Trae Young of the Oklahoma Sooners has become a freshman phenomenon. Averaging around 28 points per game and 9 assists per game, his numbers are incredible for a relatively unknown freshman, but the question is: Will Trae Young be the next big thing in basketball?

Young has been praised by coaches and players who are amazed at his talents. He was a nobody until he started putting up 40 point games in the season. He would shoot way behind the three-point line and drew comparisons to Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors. Believing he can make it in the NBA has been debated by experts for a while.

It is assumed that he will forgo the rest of his college career and declare for the NBA Draft once the season is complete. This would make sense because he has all the hype right now of a top pick. Once he gets into the league then we'll see if he is the next big thing. Before the NBA, he still has to prove himself at the collegiate level.

Taking the comparison of Stephen Curry, they both share the same body type when Curry played at Davidson. The one difference that I see in these two is that Curry was nearly unstoppable in college. In the beginning of the season, Young, was unstoppable because he was a no-name player. Teams didn't know how to prepare for him. But, with the season winding down quickly, it is obvious teams are starting to figure out Young's game. With Curry, even if you scouted him thoroughly, it still wouldn't stop him from dropping 30 points on you. That is where I see Young struggle the most.

He is one-dimensional at times. This is not to say that he doesn't drive to the paint, but he doesn't change up his routine. If he doesn't shoot the three, then he will simply drive and not be unpredictable. A great basketball player is able to adapt to each team. If one team figures you out, then the rest will try and model themselves after that team. It's important to mix things up and keep teams on their toes. Young has not done that on a consistent basis.

I am not trying to critique the guy to death, but he has great potential and could prove to be dangerous in the NBA. That is a big if though. Players like Greg Oden, Brandon Jennings, Anthony Bennett and Derrick Williams have all been busts after being regarded as top-notch picks. It would be a shame to see Young take the same road of becoming a bust in the league.

Nothing is set in stone, but if Young can just improve his skill set and consistency. Then he will be a player that we could call the next Stephen Curry. Until then, let's just wait and see what Young does next for the Sooners and himself. He has that potential to be the next big thing but also has the potential to be yet another NBA bust.

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1. You always had bobby pins with you.

2. Fear shot through you if you couldn't find your spankees right away and thought you left them at home.

3. You accumulated about 90 new pairs of tennis shoes...

4. ...and about 90 new bows, bags, socks, and warm ups.

5. When you hear certain songs from old cheer dance mixes it either ruins your day or brings back happy memories.

6. And chances are, you still remember every move to those dances.

7. Sometimes you catch yourself standing with your hands on your hips.

8. You know the phrase, "One more time, ladies" all too well.

9. The hospitality rooms were always one of the biggest perks of going to tournaments (at least for me).

10. You got really tired of hearing, "Point your toes."

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11. If you left the gym at half-time to go get something, you better be back by the time the boys run back out.

12. You knew how awkward it could be on the bus rides home after the boys lost.

13. But you also knew how fun it could be if they won.

14. Figuring out line-up was extremely important – especially if one of your members was gone.

15. New uniforms were so exciting; minus the fact that they cost a fortune.

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To The Sport That Gave Me Everything

They used to call me the next Mia Hamm.

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Ever since I could remember I was the soccer kid. That's what my friends knew me as that is what my teachers knew me as that is what my family knew me as. But after 18 years of being the soccer kid, it was time to hang up the cleats, retire the grass-stained shorts, pack away the stinky shinguards, and finally say thank you to a sport that has given me everything for 18 years of my life.

I remember my very first game, I was four years old thinking that I was on top of the world and nothing could get better; I was playing in my first soccer game ever! I laced up my cleats, took the field and waited for what felt like forever until the referee blew his whistle. Who would have thought that the sound of that whistle would become one of my favorite sounds in the world? After scoring my first goal ever, we won the game. It was one of the happiest moments of my childhood.

Next thing you know I am ten years older, in high school level soccer, and I am no longer that four-year-old girl who was only playing because I loved the game. I was playing to be the best, and to be something…. Somebody. Man did I have it wrong back then. Fast forward and I am preparing to go play in college. I made it, my dreams of playing the game that I love the most are coming true. But I did not know it would be the last time I would lace up my cleats. I did not know it would be the last time I would step onto the field as a player.

It was eighteen years of blood, sweat and tears, eighteen years of constant training. It was eighteen years of my life playing a game that has given everything to me, from that very first game to the very last game I ever played. So I think it is time for a thank you to soccer, a thank you for not just being a sport but a lifestyle, a thank you for teaching me what it meant to not just be an athlete, but also what it meant to be a leader, a teammate and a friend.

Love your former player,

Rebecca

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