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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).[1] 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. He would join Dončić in a unanimous selection to the 2018–19 NBA All-Rookie First Team.[2]

Trae Young
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No. 11 – Atlanta Hawks
PositionPoint guard
Personal information
Born (1998-09-19) September 19, 1998 (age 21)
Lubbock, Texas
Listed height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High schoolNorman North (Norman, Oklahoma)
CollegeOklahoma (2017–2018)
NBA draft2018 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall
Selected by the Dallas Mavericks
Playing career2018–present
Career history
2018–presentAtlanta Hawks
Career highlights and awards
Stats at
Stats at

Early lifeEdit

Born in Lubbock, Texas, Trae is the son of Candice and Rayford Young, who played basketball at Texas Tech and professionally in Europe.[3][4] He has a younger brother, Timothy, and two younger sisters, Caitlyn and Camryn. Young also has an uncle that previously played college basketball under the NAIA.[5]

High school careerEdit

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, and ESPN.[6][7] 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.[8]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Trae Young
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
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


  • "Oklahoma 2017 Basketball Commitments". Retrieved September 6, 2016.
  • "2017 Oklahoma Basketball Commits". Retrieved September 6, 2016.
  • " Team Recruiting Rankings". Retrieved September 6, 2016.
  • "2017 Team Ranking". Retrieved September 6, 2016.

College careerEdit

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.[9][10] 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.[11] 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.[12][13][14] He also garnered praise from both LeBron James and Stephen Curry for his season with Oklahoma.[15] 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".[16] 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 23.

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).[17] 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 2018's top 2 selections 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 an 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.[18]

Following Oklahoma's loss in the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, Young announced his intention to forgo his final three seasons of collegiate eligibility and declare for the 2018 NBA draft.[19]

Professional careerEdit

Atlanta Hawks (2018–present)Edit

On June 21, 2018, Young was selected with the fifth overall pick 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 Luka Dončić, as an attempt to rebuild the Hawks. On July 1, 2018, Young officially signed with the Hawks.[20] On October 21, in the Hawks' third game of the season, Young finished with a season-high 35 points and 11 assists in a 133–111 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.[21] On November 19, 2018, Young finished with a career-high 17 assists with 25 points and three rebounds in a 119–127 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.[22] On February 27, 2019, Young put up a new season-high 36 points and 10 assists in a 131–123 overtime win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.[23] He then broke his season-high two days later on March 1, putting up a career-high 49 points alongside 16 assists in a high-scoring 168–161 quadruple overtime loss to the Chicago Bulls.[24] On March 31, 2019, Young scored a game winner and had 12 points and 16 assists against the #1 seeded Milwaukee Bucks.

On October 24, 2019, Young scored 38 points in the Hawks' season opener against the Detroit Pistons.

National team careerEdit

He was a member of the U.S. men's national U18 team that won a gold medal at the 2016 FIBA Americas Under-18 Championship.

Player profileEdit

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 Curry's college years at Davidson College and his passing ability has been strongly influenced by Nash.

Young followed the footsteps of Donovan Mitchell by being featured in the second season of the Young Hollywood original docu-series "Rookie on the Rise". The series follows Young on his race for the Rookie Of The Year.[25]

Career statisticsEdit

  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


Regular seasonEdit

2018–19 Atlanta 81 81 30.9 .418 .324 .829 3.7 8.1 .9 .2 19.1
Career 81 81 30.9 .418 .324 .829 3.7 8.1 .9 .2 19.1


2017–18 Oklahoma 32 32 35.4 .423 .361 .861 3.9 8.7* 1.7 .3 27.4*

Personal lifeEdit

Young has three siblings, Caitlyn, Camryn, and Timothy. His father, Rayford, played basketball for Texas Tech.[26]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Goodman, Jeff (December 20, 2017). "Trae Young first in two decades to have 20-point, 20-assist game". ESPN.
  2. ^ "Young, Doncic lead 2018-19 All-Rookie First Team". Retrieved May 21, 2019.
  3. ^ "Trae Young Bio". OU Athletics.
  4. ^ "Trae Young". Retrieved December 13, 2017.
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Trae Young, Oklahoma Sooners, Point Guard". 247Sports. Retrieved December 13, 2017.
  7. ^ "Trae Young - Basketball Recruiting - Player Profiles - ESPN". Retrieved December 13, 2017.
  8. ^ "Trae Young plays pivotal role for rebuilding Sooners". Retrieved December 13, 2017.
  9. ^ "Oklahoma's Trae Young is becoming college basketball's next Stephen Curry". Retrieved December 13, 2017.
  10. ^ "NBA Draft Dispatch: Finding Trae Young's NBA comp". December 18, 2017. Retrieved January 11, 2018.
  11. ^ "Oklahoma freshman phenom Trae Young ties NCAA record with 22 assists". Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  12. ^ "NBA Mock Draft 2.0: Will big men own the lottery?". December 4, 2017. Retrieved January 11, 2018.
  13. ^ "NBA Mock Draft 2018: The Chicago Bulls And Everyone Else". October 17, 2017. Retrieved January 11, 2018.
  14. ^ "NBA Mock Draft 2018: Oklahoma's Trae Young flies into top five on latest board". January 8, 2018. Retrieved January 11, 2018.
  15. ^ "The most entertaining NBA draft debate in years". January 5, 2018. Retrieved January 11, 2018.
  16. ^ Uehara, Rafael (January 10, 2018). "Prospect Report: Trae Young Of Oklahoma". Retrieved January 11, 2018.
  17. ^ "Oklahoma's Young wins Wayman Tisdale Award" (Press release). USBWA. March 7, 2018. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  18. ^
  19. ^ Aber, Ryan (March 20, 2018). "OU basketball: Trae Young following path for one-and-done point guards". The Oklahoman. Retrieved May 13, 2019.
  20. ^ "Hawks Sign Kevin Huerter, Omari Spellman And Trae Young". Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  21. ^ "Trae Young has 35 points, 11 assists as Hawks rout host Cavs". October 21, 2018. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  22. ^ "Harrell, Williams rally surging Clippers past Hawks 127-119". November 20, 2018. Retrieved November 20, 2018.
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  25. ^ Cash, Meredith (November 8, 2018). "Trae Young featured in second season of rookie on the rise". Business Insider. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  26. ^ "Trae Young".

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