After bouncing Wichita State out of the Top 10 in the Associated Press Top 25 rankings this weekend, Trae Young went for an encore against a cupcake lower mid-major opponent. Young’s scoring prowess has enabled him to lead the nation in scoring and his international space station shooting range may be gaining him acclaim as a facsimile of Steph Curry, but on Tuesday, he went into Kris Kringle mode distributing presents in the form of easy buckets to teammates. Young led the charge in the Oklahoma Sooners’ 105-68 rout of Northwestern State by dishing an otherworldly 22 assists, which tied the NCAA’s Division I single game mark.
For an added bonus, Young also chipped in 26 points. He did all of his work in only 29 minutes. It’s getting difficult to determine which skill-set is the 2017 McDonald’s All-American’s greatest asset. He even pulled the Shamgodd crossover out of his trick bag.
Trae Young shattered ankles with a Shamgod tonight. pic.twitter.com/pHRQbEp0EV
— Rob Dauster (@RobDauster) December 20, 2017
Young will share the record with Syracuse’s Sherman Douglas, Tony Fairley of Charleston Southern and Avery Johnson, who was building his resume at Southern. All three of those distributors were seniors who tied the mark between 1987 and 1989. It was also a period when college offenses were exploding as an adjustment to the introductions of the 35-second shot clock and the 3-point line.
You may be inclined to think Young is statistically benefiting from Lon Kruger’s offense or the still new 30-second shot clock, but he’s also taken college basketball by storm as a 6-foot-2 Big 12 freshman. Young began the evening third in the nation averaging 8.9 assists per game. In half an hour, his average rose to a nation’s-best of 10.2 assists. This is not an illusion.