Rayford Trae Young is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Young attended Norman North High School. In his sophomore year, he averaged 25 points, 5 assists, and 4 rebounds per game. He was named Oklahoma's sophomore of the Year as he helped Norman North win the area championship in 2015.
Young improved his game significantly in his junior year of high school averaging 34.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 4.6 assists. He helped his team end the year with a 28-4 record and win the regional title that year. Young was named Oklahoma's Player of the Year by multiple sources. He averaged 42.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game while shooting 48.9% from the field in his senior year.
Young committed to play his college basketball for the Oklahoma Sooners. Young’s playing style drew a plethora of comparisons of him with Stephen Curry. In a game against the Northwestern State Demons, Young tied the NCAA single-game assists record with 22. He also recorded 26 points in a 105–68 blowout win. With each game, Young rose towards being a top-three pick in the 2018 NBA Draft after being considered a late first-round or a second-round pick at the start. Young scored a career-high 48 points against the rivals Oklahoma State University in a close 83-81 overtime loss.
At the conclusion of Young’s freshman regular season, he led the country in both points per game (27.4) and assists per game (8.7) thus becoming the only player in NCAA history to lead in both points and assists in a single season. He broke the conference's record for most points scored by a freshman player with 811, previously held by Kevin Durant and Michael Beasley.
He was awarded the Wayman Tisdale Award for National Freshman of the Year and was also named the Big 12's Freshman of the Year. He was named in the All-Big 12's First Team and All-American First Team. Young was selected as the fifth overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks. He was later traded to the Atlanta Hawks along with a future first-round pick in exchange for the rights of Luka Dončić.