SUWANEE, Ga. – Two years ago, Trae Young had the same goal every high school basketball freshman has for their career: Break into the top tier of the recruiting rankings, which subsequently puts them in a better standing to be picked for the McDonald’s All American Game as a senior.
Headed into his senior year, it’s mission accomplished for the Mokan Elite (Mo.) point guard; Young is ranked No. 20 overall. That’s likely to improve because Young is having one of the most dominant springs of any player on any circuit in the country.
In the last Nike EYBL session in Hampton, Va., Young averaged 25.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 8.8 assists and 1.3 steals; he also recorded the first triple-double of the EYBL season.
Now, in the fourth and final EYBL session at Suwanee Sports Academy, Young is ready to accomplish another goal.
“I want to be the No. 1 point guard in the country,” said Young, who posted 40 points and 11 assists in a Mokan Elite win Saturday night. “I’m not content with just being in the top 20; that’s not good enough for me.”
Currently, Trevon Duval, who runs with WE-R1 (Del.) on the Under Armour circuit, is top dog among floor generals and No. 5 overall.
“I want that spot,” said Young, who attends Norman North in Oklahoma. “I put in the work to get it so I’m going after it. I always want more. At first I wanted to be known then I got that and I wanted to be top 25. Now that I’ve got that I want to be top 10 and then I’ll want to be No. 1 overall and No. 1 point guard. I’ll never be satisfied. I’m always working for something. That’s all I know.”
And in case you’re confused on whether Young will ride off into the proverbial sunset if he’s able to eventually accomplish No. 1 status across the board, think again.
“When I get to that goal the work only gets harder,” Young said. “That’s when I go from being the hunter to the hunted. To me, that work is a lot harder, but I want what I want and I love the process. I’m coming!”
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