Thaddeus Charles Young is a professional basketball player from the United States of America who plays as a small forward. Born to Felton Young, a former NBA player for the Buffalo Braves (now LA Clippers), Thaddeus was a part of the varsity basketball team at Mitchell High School. During his playing days, Young was named as the TSSAA Class AA Mr. Basketball in 2005.
In his sophomore, junior and senior seasons, Young was a part of the All-State team while in 2006, he was named as the Tennessee Gatorade Player of the Year and was also named to the McDonald’s High School All-American Team. In his senior year, in 2006, Young was averaging 26.9 points per game with 13.8 rebounds and 4.1 assists. Not only was he impressive in offense, his defense was also excellent with 4.3 steals and 3.6 blocks making him an powerful force at the back.
Mitchell was also athletic, overall, and was known to participate in cross country running, while excelling in his studies as well. Graduating in 2006, Young was considered as one of the topmost prospects for the NBA but he decided to attend college for at least a year before trying his hand at the NBA.
Young played his freshman year at Georgia Tech, in 2006, scoring at 14.4 points per game with 4.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.
He decided to declare for the NBA Draft and was picked at 12th overall, by the Philadelphia 76ers, at the 2007 NBA Draft. Playing behind another rookie Jason Smith, Young got little chance although he did get around 21 minutes per game over 74 appearances. He started 22 games but couldn’t manage more than 8.2 points per game and 4.2 rebounds.
In his second year with the Sixers, Young improved in rebounding and points per game, grabbing 5 rebounds per game and scoring 15.3 points per game. He also had 1.1 assists per game with 1.3 steals as well. Young’s improvement was good enough to get him into the sophomore team for the NBA All-Star Weekend’s Rookie Challenge.
Young continues to be a part of the team for the 2009-10 season and has moved into a more favourable position by performing admirably in the 2008-09 post season as well.