Trae Young says he’ll work out for Hawks prior to NBA draft

Trae Young of the Oklahoma Sooners looks to pass the ball against Silvio De Sousa of the Kansas Jayhawks in the second half at Allen Fieldhouse on February 19, 2018 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
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Trae Young of the Oklahoma Sooners looks to pass the ball against Silvio De Sousa of the Kansas Jayhawks in the second half at Allen Fieldhouse on February 19, 2018 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Credit: Ed Zurga

Credit: Ed Zurga

Former Oklahoma point guard Trae Young told reporters in New York on Tuesday that that the Hawks are one of four teams he will work out for before the NBA draft.

Young was in Westchester County to work out for the Knicks. Young said he also would work out for the Magic and Bulls.

Among those four teams, the Hawks own the highest pick at No. 3 overall pick. The Magic have the No. 6 pick, the Bulls No. 7 and the Knicks No. 9.

As reported last month at the NBA draft combine, the Hawks have a strong interest in Young and may be willing to trade down in the draft order and select him, according to a person familiar with the situation. During his weekly radio show on 92.9 The Game on Tuesday, Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk said there is "going to be some options for us to maybe (trade) back a couple spots."

Young, 19, played one season at Oklahoma and led NCAA Division I in scoring (27.4 points per game) and assists (8.8). Young’s strengths include his shooting range, court vision and passing.

However, Young appeared to wear down late in the season as his shooting percentage plummeted on often-poor shot selection and his turnovers increased. Young isn’t a great athlete and his slight frame could be a hindrance in the NBA - at the combine he measured 6-foot-1.75 inches and 178 pounds.

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