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Trae Young signs with Adidas

Trae Young

Earning a deal with any major shoe company is a huge accomplishment for basketball players. In some way, it validates all of the hard work and dedication they’ve put in over the years. And in fact, most hoopers grow up wishing they’ll be good enough to be offered such a contract.

On Tuesday morning, ESPN’s Darren Rovell reported that former University of Oklahoma stand-out and 2018 NBA Draft prospect Trae Young has reached such a deal with Adidas.

According to several reports, Trae Young turned down an offer from Puma last month, who wound up signing a few other Draft prospects instead, including DeAndre Ayton, Marvin Bagley, and Zhaire Smith.

Young, now 19 years of age, has drawn a lot of interest from teams around the league, including the Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, and Philadelphia 76ers. A 6-foot-2 native of Norman, Oklahoma, he has great accuracy at range, a solid handle, and excellent court vision. There are some experts and analysts who compare his game to that of Golden State Warriors All-Star Stephen Curry.

In 32 freshman appearances with the Sooners last season, Young turned in averages of 27.4 points on 42.2 percent shooting from the field (36.0 percent from beyond the arc), 8.7 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.7 steals.

The 2018 NBA Draft is set for Thursday, June 21, at 7:00 p.m. EST. Exactly where Young will land in the picking order remains to be seen.

Young was the first collegiate player to lead the country in points (27.4) and assists (8.7) per game. He joins Damian Lillard and James Harden as players under the Adidas umbrella.