When Trae Young set foot on the campus of Oklahoma University, he came as a baller with big dreams. With this opportunity, he exceeded the expectations of his college basketball coaches. His debut game was memorable, taking on Oklahoma basketball legends like Buddy Hield and Blake Griffin. The only difference between Trae and these guys is that both Buddy and Blake spent several years at the university, but Trae spent only one year, giving up his remaining three college seasons to be nominated for the 2018 NBA Draft.
The first season of the rising star with the Oklahoma University Sooners basketball team can be considered one of the most remarkable newcomer seasons in recent times, with his outstanding passing and 3-point skills. The question on everyone’s lips was who is this newcomer, whose movements are constantly being watched by NBA legends. No one knew Trae before the season started, but as soon as the season started, his name was on everyone’s lips. Even Stephen Curry, a legendary National Basketball Association player, and two-time MVP, praised his moves and described him as incredible. Since he comes from Trae’s own favorite player of the United States men’s national team, it was really a great commendation.
Trae Young’s Bio
The famous basketball player was born as Rayford Trae Young on September 19, 1998, in Lubbock, Texas. His education can be traced back to Norman North High School, where he was recognized as a superstar player on the school’s basketball team, having been named Gatorade Player of the Year and McDonald All-American several times. His high school basketball stats earned him the #2-point Guard ranking and 15th place overall in the United States on ESPN. This is not surprising for someone who started playing basketball at the tender age of three.
Trae Young went to Oklahoma University, where he spent just one season with the Oklahoma Sooners before deciding to sign up for the 2018 NBA draft.
NBA Draft, Career Stats & Highlights
The baller recorded a remarkable career statistic during his first season with the Oklahoma Sooners at Oklahoma University, which happened to be his only season with college before he made the conscious decision to give up his remaining three seasons of college eligibility and declare for the 2018 NBA draft. Young was drafted into the National Basketball Association in 2018 by the Dallas Mavericks and soon after moved to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for Luka Doncic.
In college, Trae Young set the NCAA single-game record with a total of 22 assists, a rare feat shared by the likes of Tony Fairley from Charleston Southern in 1987, Sherman Douglas from Syracuse in 1989, and another Charleston Southern alumnus, Avery Johnson, in 1988. He set remarkable records as the first and only player to lead the NCAA in both assists and points in a single season when his only college season ended in 2017. His rookie stats include a total of 848 points with a record of 24.4 points per game, 271 assists with 8.7 assists per game, and an assist percentage of 48.6. He also posted a record 261 in sales.
The highlight of his career is the gold medal at FIBA 2016, which he won as part of the U.S. national under-18 team. In 2017 he made the leap to the Jordan Brand Class and the McDonald All-American. On November 12, 2017, he won his first doubles with the Sooners.
Family: Trae Young’s Parents
The young basketball player’s mother is Candice Young, his father Rayford Young, who has the same first name as Trae, was a remarkable basketball player during his active years in sports. He recorded memorable college records at Texas Tech and made a decent college career for himself. After graduating from Texas Tech, he played professional basketball in Europe.
Trae Young is the oldest child of the Young family, and his family is said to have moved to Norman Oklahoma shortly after his birth. He grew up with two sisters Camryn and Caitlin Young and a brother Timothy Young. The basketball star revealed that some of his best moments are when he is having fun with Timothy.