Young at the 2017 McDonald's All-American Boys Game
|No. 11 – Atlanta Hawks|
September 19, 1998|
|Listed height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Listed weight||180 lb (82 kg)|
|High school||Norman North (Norman, Oklahoma)|
|NBA draft||2018 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall|
|Selected by the Dallas Mavericks|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Rayford Trae Young (born September 19, 1998) is an American professional basketball player for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Oklahoma Sooners. On December 19, 2017, with 22 assists he tied the NCAA single-game record, shared by Syracuse's Sherman Douglas (1989), Southern's Avery Johnson (1988) and Charleston Southern's Tony Fairley (1987). By the end of his only college season, Young would be the first and only player to ever lead the NCAA in both points and assists in a single season. He was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks in the 2018 NBA Draft with the fifth pick, but was later traded to the Atlanta Hawks, along with a future first-round pick for the draft rights to Luka Dončić.
Born in Lubbock, Texas, Trae is the son of Candice and Rayford Young, who played basketball at Texas Tech and professionally in Europe. He has a younger brother, Timothy, and two younger sisters, Caitlyn and Camryn.
High school career
Young attended Norman North High School in his hometown of Norman, Oklahoma. While he did not play basketball in his freshman year at Norman North, he ended up playing for the team in his sophomore year. That year, he averaged 25 points, 5 assists, and 4 rebounds per game as he helped Norman North win the 2015 area championship and was named Oklahoma's Sophomore of the Year. During his junior year of high school, he significantly improved his game, averaging 34.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 4.6 assists as he led the team to a 28–4 record that year, winning the regional title and placing runner up in the 2016 Oklahoma Class 6A championship game. He was also named Oklahoma's Player of the Year by multiple sources. In his senior season, he averaged 42.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game while also shooting at a 48.9% rate.
Young was considered one of the best players in the 2017 recruiting class by Scout.com, Rivals.com and ESPN. ESPN considered him the second-best point guard prospect that year, while the other websites considered him the third-best point guard of the recruiting class that year. On February 16, 2017, Young committed to the Oklahoma Sooners, having him stay in his home state for his college career. He was the University of Oklahoma's first five-star recruit since Tiny Gallon in 2010.
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||Commit date|
|Norman, OK||Norman North High School (OK)||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)||176 lb (80 kg)||Feb 16, 2017|
|Recruiting star ratings: Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: ESPN: ESPN grade: 94|
|Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 21 Rivals: 14 247Sports: 18 ESPN: 15|
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.
Young finished his freshman regular season leading the country in many statistics: assists (271), turnovers (161), points (848), points per game (27.4), assists per game (8.7), and assist percentage (48.6%). The 811 points scored in the Big 12 would break the conference's record for most points scored by a freshman player, which was previously held by Kevin Durant and Michael Beasley. On March 7, 2018, Young was announced as the winner of the Wayman Tisdale Award for National Freshman of the Year by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA). At the end of the regular season for Oklahoma, Young was also named the Big 12's Freshman of the Year and was a member of the All-Big 12's First Team. In addition, he was also brought up as a consensus member of the All-American First Team, which was named throughout multiple organizations. Young also joined DeAndre Ayton and Marvin Bagley III as the first consensus All-American First-Team to have three freshman players be named there. On March 15, Young recorded 28 points, 7 assists, and 5 rebounds in a 83–78 overtime loss to No. 7 seed University of Rhode Island. He became the second freshman to record similar numbers of points in an NCAA Tournament game, with Chris Paul being the first player back in 2004.
Atlanta Hawks (2018–present)
On June 21, 2018, Young was selected with the fifth overall by the Dallas Mavericks in the 2018 NBA draft, but was traded to the Atlanta Hawks along with a protected future first round pick in exchange for the rights to the 3rd overall pick in Luka Dončić, as an attempt to rebuild the Hawks. On July 1, 2018, Young officially signed with the Hawks. On Oct. 21, the Hawks third game of the season, Young finished with 35 points and 11 assists in a win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
National team career
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
|*||Led NCAA Division I|
Young's game has been primarily influenced by Steve Nash and Stephen Curry, to the point where he notes them as his favorite players at the game. His shooting ability has been compared positively to Stephen Curry's college years at Davidson College and his passing ability has been strongly influenced by Steve Nash.
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