Trae Young did not become the poster child for NCAA magnetism overnight. Young built his game from the floor up. Apparently, Young’s execution of the star player role developed as a result of skills taught to him in childhood that he expanded on and uses today.
Ray Young played as an elite guard for Texas Tech in the 1990’s and went on to play professionally overseas. To ensure that his son would not take a similar route, Ray used his former basketball connections to further pursue his familial obligations. To coordinate totality and development, Ray reached out to former NBA associates and video coordinators who would send him game tape of NBA point guards such as Chris Paul or Tony Parker.
As a child, Trae Young was a ball boy for the Oklahoma Sooners during the Blake Griffin era. His father earned that privilege through his graduate assistant relationship with OU Coach Kelvin Sampson. Upon completion of his degree, Ray vacated his coaching position in favor of medical equipment sales.
As easy as it might be to become infatuated with the glamorous results, Trae Young’s extraordinary in-game performances took years of process and procedure. As a highly underrated athlete, each video and routine received critique and dissection from his father, coaches, and peers. Through steadfast effort, he continues to master the values of footwork, passing, ball-handling, and leadership.
A momentous milestone in Young’s career came during his sophomore year transition on the AAU circuit. During the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League, he joined the Kansas City MOKAN team alongside top recruit, Michael Porter Jr.
Integral experiences such as the 2016 Peach Jam Tournament allowed Coach Rodney Perry to mold Young into a leader who elevates the play of his entire roster.
As of today, Young’s 30 PPG and 9.5 APG has propelled the Oklahoma Sooners into the contender’s circle. With nods from NBA superstars like Stephen Curry and Chris Paul, Young remains calm. He accepts his responsibility as Oklahoma’s dynamic leader, nothing more or less. Praise does not faze him, as his type of competitive fire draws fuel from skepticism and doubt.
Young eclipsed the thirty point barrier seven times this season and tied a conference record for assists (22) on Dec.19. His sudden emergence strikes humility as he focuses on each game as a new beginning. A reputable source, KenPom ranks him #1 among all NCAA players with a 40.5 usage percentage rating.