After a stellar performance in the Peach Jam Championship, Trae Young was voted co-MVP of the Peach Jam, along with his teammate Michael Porter, Jr. Young was spectacular last week, averaging 27 points and 7.3 assists over eight games, a run that earned him several accolades from various recruiting analysts. Let’s run through some of them, starting with Rivals’ Eric Bossi, who named Young the MVP of the entire tournament:
A five-star prospect who ranks No. 14 overall in the class of 2017, Trae Young was electric at the Peach Jam. He shot over 50 percent from the field while averaging 27 points and 7.3 assists as he led MoKan Elite to an 8-0 record and the title at the most competitive tournament in grassroots basketball.
ESPN’s Adam Finkelstein and Reggie Rankin listed Young among their top performers:
Porter’s running mate is the most skilled lead guard in the class. Simply put, there isn’t much Young can’t do with the ball in his hands. He shoots a beautiful high arcing ball with deep range, has his handle on a string and body control and touch at the rim. He’s no less skilled as a passer — his floor vision is top notch and he can put the ball wherever he wants. His DNA though is far more scorer than distributor. Sometimes his shot selection can come at the detriment of the team and as he further evolves with his decision making and embraces the mentality of a pure point guard, his status will only rise.
NBC Sports’ Rob Dauster put Young in his group of top eight Peach Jam performers:
Young is not the most highly-regarded prospect on the MoKan roster – Michael Porter Jr. is, more on him in a second – but he was the best player on the floor for them this week as MoKan took home the Peach Jam title. Young averaged 27 points and 7.3 assists in eight games in North Augusta, numbers that are somewhat skewed by the pace at which MoKan plays and the amount of time he has the ball in his hands. His production and his dominance, however, cannot be questioned. Deep range, beautiful stroke, handle, court vision, the ability to finish in the lane, you name it, he can do it.
That’s pretty high praise, but Dauster was careful to point out that Young’s game isn’t perfect…yet:
The knock on Young, who has emerged as Kentucky’s top target in the class, has always been that he’s wired as a scorer, which works on this MoKan team and at the high school level in Oklahoma. He’s a poor decision-maker at times, forcing threes and turning the ball over too much. As he ascends through basketball’s ranks, he’s going to have to continue to learn how to be a facilitator. That should come with time, with coaching and with a team surrounding him that is as or more talented than he is.
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