The Oklahoma freshman duo of Young and Manek is taking the college basketball world by storm.
The conference announced today that Trae Young was named Big 12 Player of the Week, and Brady Manek would take home the honor of Big 12 Newcomer of the Week for Dec. 18-24. This would also be the first time a pair of players from the same school earned both honors in back-to-back weeks.
Young, standing at 6’2 from Norman, gave the Sooners a 2-0 week averaging 28.5 points, 17.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 28 minutes. Young delivered 26 points and 22 assists in the Sooner’s victory over Northwestern State on Tuesday, Dec. 19, and followed up this incredible performance with a massive victory over Northwestern on Friday, Dec. 22, where Young produced 31 points and 12 assists.
The NCAA began recording assists in 1983, and since this time, Young is the only freshman to deliver 20 or more assists in a game. With his 22 assists in the game against Northwestern State, Young is also the first NCAA player to record over 20 points and 20 assists in the past 20 years.
Young’s stats last week extended his streak of recording at least 20 points during a 10-game period, and he is the first Sooner since Stacey King to have such a streak. King recorded 20-plus points in 11 straight games back in 1988-89.
Trae Young leads the nation in both scoring and assists averaging 28.7 points per game and 10.4 assists. He has earned the Big 12 Player of the Week honors four times in the first seven weeks of the season and has also earned two Big 12 Newcomer of the Week honors. Oklahoma alumnus Blake Griffin and Texas Tech’s Andre Emmett are the only two Big 12 players to have ever earned the honor more in one season. Griffin back in 2008-09 (six times) and Emmett back in 2003-04 (five times).
Manek, standing at 6’9 from Harrah, earns the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week for the second time in a row after averaging 16.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals playing 19.5 minutes. Manek has shot 12-of-16 from the field and 6-of-9 from 3-point range.
Manek produced a career high of 22 points against Northwestern State and continued to shoot well recording 11 points eight boards against Northwestern. The Freshman went 3-of-5 from the field and finished 2-of-3 from the 3-point range in 19 minutes.
Oklahoma stands at No. 12 in the recent AP Top 25 Poll, and the Sooners will be back in action Saturday when Big 12 play opens. The Sooners will face No. 10 TCU at Schollmaier Arena in Fort Worth, and tip off is set for 1 p.m. CT. Be sure to catch Trae Young, Brady Manek and Sooner basketball on ESPN2 to see these dominant young freshmen in action.