Boomer & Gio: Trae Young Has High Hopes

Boomer and Gio
June 19, 2018 - 11:37 am
Trae Young reacts against the Rhode Island Rams during the first half in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.

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With the NBA Draft fast approaching, Gregg & Jerry were happy to take a call from Lottery hopeful Trae Young Tuesday morning. 

Young led the nation in both scoring (27.4 points per game) and assists (8.7 per game) during his freshman year at Oklahoma, where he was named First-Team All-Big 12 along with Consensus first-team All-American.

The 19-year-old recently worked out for the Knicks, and could be an option for New York with the ninth overall pick.

"I really like Coach Fizz and the whole organization," Young said on Tuesday's edition of Boomer & Gio. "I got to spend some time with them on my workout up here [in New York City>. I had a really good workout for them, and overall it was a good experience and good time out here in New York. 

"If something happens and I end up here, it would be a great situation."

Many mock drafts have linked Young to the Knicks, who could pounce on the chance to draft the young guard if he somehow drops to them at nine.

Young seemed happy with his private workout with the organization, as the talented sharpshooter told Gregg & Jerry that he made a good impression on team officials.

The former Oklahoma Sooner said he will be prepared to start his NBA career no matter where he gets drafted Thursday night, a refreshing mindset for a rookie to have.

"Where you get picked only matters one night," Young said Tuesday morning. "It's a new season and you're starting over from there on. So that's my mindset about it. Regardless of where I get picked, that's not going to add more motivation."

Despite the Knicks enduring some tough times over the last few years, one of the organization's biggest draws continues to be the lure of playing at Madison Square Garden.

The Garden is still considered one of the most famous arenas in all of sports, and the young guard was sure to show his appreciation towards the home of the Knicks.

"The history behind the Garden, all of the players that have come through and played on that court, I think is the reason why it still is the 'Mecca' of basketball," Young told Gregg and Jerry. "It definitely draws me, but that's the thing about New York..."