Future Watch: Trae Young Rookie Basketball Cards, Hawks – Trae Young was born in Lubbock, Texas in 1998. His father, Rayford Young, played basketball at Texas Tech and professionally in Europe. Trae attended Norman North High School in his hometown of Norman, Oklahoma. He did not play basketball at all his freshman year and started as a sophomore. In that season, he averaged 25 points, five assists and four rebounds per game. Young went on to be named Oklahoma’s Sophomore of the Year.
In his junior season, Young averaged 34.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game. Norman North finished with a 28-4 record, won the regional title and placed runner up in the 2016 Oklahoma Class 6A championship game. Young earned Player of the Year honors that season from multiple sources. Trae Young’s senior year was another improvement. He averaged 42.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game.
As a recruit, Young was considered one of the best players in the 2017 recruiting class. Scout, Rivals, 247Sports and ESPN all gave him a five-star rating. He would ultimately decide to stay close to home and attend the University of Oklahoma. In his lone season for the Sooners, Young averaged 27.4 points, 8.7 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.7 steals over 32 games. He would lead all NCAA Division I players in assists and points. Following Oklahoma’s loss in the 2018 NCAA Tournament, Young declared himself eligible for the 2018 NBA Draft.
Standing 6’2”, 180 pounds, Young is on the small side compared to most NBA point guards. Don’t let his size fool you. He proved himself to be a very adept scorer as a prep and in college. His ability to hit exceptionally long three-point shots earned him comparisons to Stephen Curry. Along with his shooting, he is a gifted passer capable of running an NBA offense. Defense will be a struggle for him to start, as bigger guards will be able to push him around. On Draft Night, Young was selected by the Dallas Mavericks with the fifth overall pick and immediately traded to Atlanta who took Luka Doncic with the third pick.
So far this season, Young has started in all 33 games for the Hawks. He’s averaging 29.2 minutes per game. His 7.2 assists per contest leads all rookies. His 25.4% shooting rate from beyond the arc is disappointing, but many evaluators expect that number to go up. Atlanta is letting Young figure everything out on the court as they are committed to a full rebuild. In a couple years, Trae Young could be a capable floor general for a Hawks team looking to make some noise in the playoffs.
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