On February 16, 2017, Trae Young committed to the Oklahoma Sooners. At the start of the season, on November 12, Young recorded 15 points, 10 assists, and 6 rebounds in a win over University of Nebraska Omaha. Three days after his college debut, Young recorded 22 points and a then season-high 13 assists in a win over Ball State University. On November 26, Young recorded a season-high 43 points and 7 assists in a 90–80 win over the Oregon Ducks. That game had his name draw multiple comparisons to Stephen Curry in terms of his playing style. On December 19, Young tied (Sherman Douglas, Tony Fairley, and Avery Johnson) the NCAA single-game assists record with 22, while also recording 26 points in a blowout 105–68 win against the Northwestern State Demons. Throughout the season, Young rose from being a late first-round or a second-round pick to being a potential top-three pick for the 2018 NBA draft. He also garnered praise from both LeBron James and Stephen Curry for his season with Oklahoma. Young, however, ran into a rough patch when West Virginia University's Press Virginia defense forced him into 8 turnovers on January 5, 2018. Furthermore, his individual defense has been rated as "poor". However, Young would recover with a season-high 43 points and 11 rebounds with 7 assists in a 102–97 overtime win over Texas Christian University a week later on January 13. Three days later, Young would wind up with a season-high 12 turnovers in a blowout loss to Kansas State University, which surpassed his previous season-high a few weeks ago. On January 20, Young recorded a new career-high 48 points (albeit on 14/39 overall shooting) in a close 83–81 overtime loss to rival Oklahoma State University. He recovered from that with a 9 assist, 26 point effort (on 7/9 shooting) in an 85-80 win over #5-ranked University of Kansas on January 23rd.