Rayford Trae Young or Trae Young is a young basketball player of the National Basketball Association. He is currently playing for the Atlanta Hawks as a point guard. Before taking part in the 2018 NBA draft, Young was part of the Oklahoma Sooners and made impressive records in the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
Young was born to a family of basketball players. His father was a professional basketball player in Europe while his uncle played under National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.
In high school, Young joined the basketball team of Norman North High School during his sophomore year and averaged a total of 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 25 points per game. He continuously improved and was instrumental in his school’s area championship title. While with Norman North, he as named Oklahoma’s Sophomore of the Year and Oklahoma’s Player of the Year. In his senior year, he averaged 4.1 assists, 5.8 rebounds and 42.6 points per game. Due to his performance, he was considered by ESPN, Rivals.com and Scout.com as one of the best players in the 2017 class and a 5-star recruit.
Young played for Oklahoma State during the 2017-2018 season. He only finished his freshman year before deciding to take part in the 2018 NBA draft. This was right after Oklahoma State’s loss in the NCAA. Before he went into college, he was part of the United States Men’s National Under 18 Team that won the 2016 FIBA Americas Under-18 Championship gold medal.
On June 21, 2018, Dallas Mavericks made Young its first round fifth overall pick during the NBA draft. Within draft night, he was traded to the Atlanta Hawks. By the first day of July, he officially signed a contract with the Hawks and during his first season, he was included in the NBA All-Rookie First Team.
Career Awards and Highlights
- 2017 McDonald’s All-American
- 2018 NCAA season assists leader
- 2018 NCAA season scoring leader
- 2018 Big 12 Freshman of the Year
- 2018 First-Team All-Big 12
- 2018 Wayman Tisdale Award
- 2018 Consensus First-Team All-American
- 2019 NBA All-Rookie First Team
- 2020 NBA All-Star