Trae Young is a professional basketball player who is currently playing for Atlanta Hawks as the team’s point guard. He is considered to be one of the best players in NCAA as he was both the assist and scoring leader in 2018.
Rayford Trae Young was born in Lubbock, Texas, and his prominence was quickly recognized as he is the son of former Texas Tech player, Rayford Young. He was raised in Pampa, Texas by his paternal grandparents and mom, while Rayford Young was pursuing his basketball career abroad.
As a high school student, he already planted an interest in basketball and became a varsity player. During his sophomore season at Norman North High School, he contributed a significant average of 25 points with 5 assists per game. He also led his school to win the championship in 2015 and he was hailed as Oklahoma’s sophomore of the Year.
In his junior year, his average rose to 34.2 points with 4.6 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game with a 48.9% shooting rate.
Since he was considered one of the best high school basketball players, many universities eyed to recruit him, yet he chose to commit to the University of Oklahoma. During the 2017 season, he scored 15 points with 10 assists in a match against Omaha Mavericks. He also led the team to win a match against Ball State Cardinals with 22 points.
When he was in college, he was usually compared to Stephen Curry due to their gameplay similarities.
Young became the 5th overall selected by the Dallas Mavericks during the 2018 NBA Draft, however, he was traded to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for Luka Doncic. In July 2018, he signed with the Hawks and made his professional debut in October 2018 in a match against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
In 2019, he posted 38 points in a winning match against the Detroit Pistons, and another spectacular 49 points were contributed by Young in a game against Indiana Pacers. By the following year, he was selected as a backcourt starter for the NBA All-Star selection.
- 2018 NCAA Season Assists Leader
- 2018 NCAA Season Scoring Leader
- 2018 Big 12 Freshman of the Year
- 2018 Wayman Tisdale Award
- 2019 NBA All-Rookie First Team
- 2022 All-NBA Third Team