DRAFT TRADE: Traded to Atlanta Hawks
About Trae Young
Trae Young is a new-wave jump shooting point guard coming off one of the most productive seasons of any player in NCAA history leading the nation in both points and assists per game as a true freshman at Oklahoma. Teaming with Michael and Jontay Porter to guide Mokan Elite to a Nike Peach Jam Championship, helping USA Basketball take home a gold medal at the 2016 FIBA U18 Americas Championship, and participating in both the 2017 McDonald’s All-American Game and Jordan Brand Classic, he was considered one of the consensus top-25 prospects in the high school class coming out of Norman North, but far exceeded expectations lifting Oklahoma into the top-5 by mid-January. Though he hit a wall in terms of efficiency as teams built their entire scouting report around him in Big XII play, he nonetheless propelled the Sooners to an NCAA Tournament berth and earned a spot on the 2018 Consensus All-America First Team finishing the year averaging 27.4 points and 8.7 assists per game.
His father, Rayford, was a 2-time All-Big XII 2nd Team honoree at Texas Tech who played professionally in Portugal and Sweden.
Chris Dortch feature: Young brings flair, shooting to position
- Measured at the NBA Combine at 6’1.75 in shoes with a 6’3 wingspan and a 178-pound frame. Accomplishes more with his excellent ball handling ability, great instincts, and knack for changing speeds to get to spots than with his strength and explosiveness.
- Played perhaps the biggest role of any player in recent college basketball history often having a hand in every single one of the Sooners baskets for long stretches of games. Did much of his damage rising and firing well beyond the arc off the dribble, but also got to the line at a strong rate, and whipped the ball around within Lon Kruger’s offense showing good vision finding the open man. Ended the season creating, assisting, or scoring an NCAA best 58 points per-40 minutes, down from nearly 75 points around New Year’s. Faced persistent double-teams and defenses geared solely towards stopping him throughout the second half of the season.
- Faced an uphill battle defensively with how much tread he put on his tires offensively. Has good instincts in the passing lanes but is not always particularly physical or aggressive. Allowed 0.844 points per Isolation possession[41st percentile]. Has some attainable room to improve defensively.