CLEVELAND, Ohio — Oklahoma guard Trae Young leads NCAA Division I college basketball in assists (9.5 ) and points (30.5), which means he is the favorite to win College Basketball Player of the Year.
But Young averages way too many turnovers (5.3) and that alone could open up enough debate for someone else to overtake him in the Player of the Year conversation.
Elton Alexander and Branson Wright talk about Young and several other candidates who could topple Young as the top college player on this video.
The other players who will contend with Young include Duke’s Marvin Bagley (21.9 points, 11.5 rebounds), Villanova’s Jalen Brunson (19 points, five assists), Arizona’s Deandre Ayton (19.7 points and 11.1 rebounds), Devonte Graham of Kansas (18.1 points, 7.3 assists) and Purdue’s Dakota Mathias (12.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.6 assists).
So far the other candidates have been in an uphill battle when it comes to stepping over Young, but more games like Young had last weekend could tighten the race. Sure, Young scored 48 points in Oklahoma’s two-point loss to rival Oklahoma State, but it took him 39 shots to do so.
And how much credit will go to Brunson, the top player on the top team in Villanova? And what about Ayton and Bagley, who are considered can’t-miss NBA players?