Trae Young is spending some time this week with the Atlanta Hawks, who hold the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.
The former Oklahoma point guard worked out for the Hawks on Tuesday. He said new Atlanta coach Lloyd Pierce worked with him 1-on-1 during the workout. Young also said he had dinner with the Hawks coaching staff on Monday night.
Trae Young worked out with the Hawks today. Still has some physical development to do but he isn’t as small as some people think pic.twitter.com/z6aG0CRmo3
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) June 12, 2018
Young says he had dinner with the ATL coaching staff last night. Got to know them well.
— Brad Rowland (@BTRowland) June 12, 2018
There have been rumors in the lead-up to the draft that the Hawks would consider taking Young in the top-3 picks or trading back to take him later in the lottery. He’s the No. 9 overall prospect in The Ringer’s latest prospect rankings.
Hawks assistant general manager Jeff Peterson spoke highly of Young in a Q&A with the AJC’s Michael Cunningham.
“I think his ability to make plays for his teammates — really good passer, really good vision — can really be an asset for any team. When you get guys who can find teammates and distribute the ball like he can and typically is pretty accurate, that’s valuable. He obviously can make shots. His range is very impressive. He will have to continue to improve his shot selection. At the same time, at Oklahoma he was asked to take some of those shots. You’ve got to have that balance. He also gets in the paint.”
Young led the country in points (27.4) and assists (8.7) per game last season, helping the Sooners sneak into the NCAA Tournament.
The draft will begin Thursday, June 21.