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Young Picks up Two National Honors
December 27, 2017

Oklahoma guard Trae Young was named both the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week and the Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.

Young has earned both awards twice this season, including back-to-back weeks as the nation’s top player.

The Norman, Oklahoma native helped the Sooners to a 2-0 week, averaging 28.5 points, 17.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 28 minutes per game while shooting 18-of-32 (.563) from the field and 11-of-19 (.579) from 3-point range.

Against Northwestern State, Young's 22 assists tied an NCAA record for most assists in a game (assists became official in 1983-84) while breaking both Oklahoma and Big 12 records (both were 18 assists). Young is the fourth player in recorded college basketball history to register 22 assists and the first since Sherman Douglas of Syracuse in 1989, and since the NCAA began recording assists in 1983, Young is the only freshman to dish out 20 or more assists in a game. He continued his scoring prowess as well, with 26 points and four rebounds in 29 minutes while shooting 9-of-16 from the field and 3-of-6 from 3-point range.

Young is the first NCAA player to record over 20 points and 20 assists in at least 20 years. Young’s performance is also the first 20-point, 20-assist game in Big 12 history and the first 20-20 game of any kind in the Conference since Rico Gathers of Baylor had 31 points and 21 rebounds in 2015 (also against Northwestern State).

Last Friday against Northwestern, Young produced 31 points and 12 assists in 27 minutes while shooting 9-of-16 and 8-of-13 from the field. The performance was the second time this season Young has recorded at least 30 points and 10 assists in a game. Per ESPN Stats and Info, Young joins Chris Thomas (2001-02 Notre Dame) as the only players from a major conference in the last 20 seasons to have a pair of 30-point, 10-assist games in the same season. Additionally, prior to this season, on only one occasion had a Big 12 player accomplished the feat (Curtis Jerrells of Baylor in 2009).

Young continues to lead the nation in scoring at 28.7 points per game and in assists with 10.4 per game. His 10th consecutive game of 20-plus points is Oklahoma's first since Stacey King had 11 straight in the 1988-89 season. Young reached a double-double before halftime in both games last week, averaging 20.0 points and 11.5 assists in the first half alone.

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