ESPN’s Love Affair With Trae Young Continues

ESPN darling Lonzo Ball has been inactive for the past month or so with an MCL sprain, but The Worldwide Leader has had no issues pivoting to another baller to fill their void — Oklahoma’s Trae Young. We touched on this last week when ESPN started their West Virginia-Oklahoma game coverage by rattling off Young factoids — to go along with his personal stat tracker — on the bottom of the screen:

I think ESPN needs more Trae Young factoids pic.twitter.com/NuEcG1g0XV

— Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) February 6, 2018

Young’s stat counter is pretty much a fixture for every Oklahoma game now, but it appears ESPN is taking their love for the OU star next level by displaying his numbers on other college hoops games. Tonight, eagle-eyed viewers noticed his point total during the Kansas-Iowa State game:

Even the Kansas-Iowa State game had a Trae Young stat tracker. Embarrassing. pic.twitter.com/iq7qx0BTJU

— ESPN Drunk (@EspnDrunk) February 14, 2018

ESPN supplemented the already over-the-top coverage with clips, both positive and negative, on their Twitter account:

Trae Young tried to get a little too fancy. 😂 pic.twitter.com/3kSyMU1cOa

— ESPN (@espn) February 14, 2018

🗣 "Overrated! Overrated!"

Trae Young is from Lubbock, Texas, but Texas Tech fans don't care. pic.twitter.com/nEQEicgAbd

— ESPN (@espn) February 14, 2018

The good news for those with a newfound hate for Young? Oklahoma has now lost four games in a row, while Young has hit a cold streak — the freshman is 1-17 from three-point range in his last two games, so maybe expect some hit pieces while he’s down.