Trae Young NBA Combine 2018: Measurements, Analysis and Draft Projection

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistMay 17, 2018

Oklahoma guard Trae Young (11) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Texas in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press

University of Oklahoma point guard Trae Young measured in Thursday at 6'1 ¾'' in shoes and weighed 177.8 pounds at the 2018 NBA Combine at Quest Multisport in Chicago.

Here's a look at his complete list of his other measurements, via NBA.com:

Body Fat Percentage: 5.35

Hand Length: 8.00''

Hand Width: 9 ¼''

Height Without Shoes: 6' ½''

Standing Reach: 7'11 ½''

Wingspan: 6'3''

Young took the college basketball world by storm during the 2017-18 season with the Sooners. The guard led the nation in scoring at 27.4 points per game while also averaging 8.7 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.7 steals. He shot 42.2 percent from the field and 36.0 percent from three-point range.

While NBA teams will look for the 19-year-old Texas native to increase his shooting percentages and reduce his turnovers (5.2 per game), his overall offensive skill set is ideal for the modern game.

His free-flowing style has even drawn some comparisons to Pete Maravich, the dynamic guard who garnered national attention at LSU with his unique ball-handling and passing skills before making five All-Star Game appearances in the NBA.

"That's unbelievable to even be mentioned in the same category or even the same breath with some like Pistol Pete Maravich," Young told reporters during the NCAA tournament. "That's a legend right there. ... The things he [was] able to do on the court without a three-point line was unbelievable."

Young's combine measurements show he doesn't possess the prototypical physical traits, though. Along with his low height and weight, he also recorded the smallest wingspan. Those factors will be a major issue while trying to defend at the next level.

His offensive talent should ensure he still lands somewhere in the lottery during the 2018 NBA draft, which takes place June 21 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

In his big board last month, Bleacher Report's Jonathan Wasserman ranked him as the No. 6 overall player in the class.

"But for teams like the Orlando Magic, New York Knicks or even Chicago Bulls, Young's ability to set the table (he led the NCAA in assists) should remain attractive, even if his volume scoring doesn't carry over," Wasserman wrote.

His ability to create open looks for himself and others ensures he'll find a role in the NBA, but how much improvement he can make defensively will decide exactly how good of a pro he'll become.


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