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Oklahoma Sooners Football Hot Links: Trae Young’s meteoric rise, the early signing period, and more!

Trae Young is getting all sorts of love from around the country, but so is Brady Manek!

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If you were under a rock all weekend, then you’ll be pleased to find out that OU freshman point guard Trae Young went bonkers once again. This time, however, Young did so in the most raucous environment that the Oklahoma Sooners have experienced so far this season against No. 3 Wichita State. The game was really the showdown of the weekend — a top-three team versus the freshman phenom taking the college basketball world by storm.

For his performance, along with other budding star freshman Brady Manek, Young was named Big 12 Player of the Week. Beyond that, not only is Young leading the way for national freshman honors, he is firmly in contention for national POY. The attention doesn’t stop there, either, because even prominent pundits are taking notice and making some lofty, but justified, comparisons. ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Williams had this to say during the game on Saturday:

I totally agree with Williams’ take, too. His ball handling and shooting range are both very Curry-esque. During the broadcast, different parts of Young’s game were also compared to Steve Nash and Damian Lillard. As long as the 8-1 Sooners keep winning and Young keeps dazzling, the notoriety will only continue to grow around the freshman sensation.

Now onto today’s Hot Links! Below you’ll find out what Lon Kruger and the squad can expect moving forward, why the Texas Bowl between Mizzou and the Longhorns will have a Red River feel to it, when Kristian Doolittle is set to make his return to the line-up and more!

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  • After the Sooners’ massive upset against the Shockers, the team is looking forward to a brighter spotlight in the future. It’s expected that more fans will want to attend games just to see Trae Young for themselves, both home and away.
  • The Sooners were No. 24 in the Coaches Poll, but just outside the AP poll last week. After the big win, anywhere in the top 15 would be a major jump, and quite frankly this team has earned it.

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