The USBWA named Young the winner of the 2018 Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award, named after OU legend Wayman Tisdale. By receiving the honor, Young joins a prestigious list of past winners that includes Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Jason Kidd and Chris Webber.
Young is also a finalist for the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year and was selected for the national ballot of the Wooden Award. He was a Naismith Trophy semifinalist and has been listed as a First-Team All-American by Sporting News and the USBWA.
The Big 12 Conference’s head coaches selected Young as the Big 12 Freshman of the Year and unanimously selected him to the All-Big 12 First Team and Big 12 All-Newcomer Team.“We’re extremely pleased for Trae,” said OU head coach Lon Kruger. “He had the type of season that deserves this attention and put him in the position that he’s in now. We’re very excited for him going forward and the next chapter in his basketball career. We expect it to all work out for him in a fantastic way.” During his freshman year, Curry drew praise from Curry and LeBron James, among many others. “I’ve seen Trae Young play ball since he was in the eighth grade,” James said in January. “He’s been a part of my camp the last few years before he went off to Oklahoma so I know what he’s all bout and what he’s doing now is very special. He’s a very special player, can add a lot to any team if he decides to come out and come into the draft.”