Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks held a Q&A on his Twitter account, and one of his answers consisted of a Sacramento Kings fan favorite.
As we are an enthralled with the showing of The Last Dance documentary, we are reminded about the differences between today’s players and the players of yesteryear. One area of contrast in inter-player relationships, and the fact that today’s players have all been friends since playing AAU ball. That is apparently true for Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks as he gave a special shout out to a current player on the Sacramento Kings roster.
Young was holding a question and answer session on his Twitter account on Thursday evening, and the second-year guard opened up about a multitude of different subjects. He answered questions about his other favorite sports, best career moments, and what he wants his legacy to be.
One of Young’s answers perked up the ears of Sacramento Kings’ fans. When asked who the toughest player he played against in high school was, Young responded with this:
While we can not find much information on the matchups between Young and Harry Giles back from their teenage years, it can be assumed that Young’s Norman North High School played against either one of Giles’ Oak Hill Academy or Wesleyan Christian Academy at some point.
As for Jayson Tatum, he played with Giles on Team USA during the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 championship team. All three players played just one year of collegiate basketball, Giles and Tatum together at Duke in 2016-’17 and Young in Oklahoma a year later.
We know about (and love) Harry Giles‘ skill on an NBA basketball court, but he was truly other-worldly as a high schooler. Just listen to what Tatum had to say about the best high school player he ever went against:
"“Harry was the only player I would’ve said in high school, ‘Yeah, he might be better than me.’ Our senior year he didn’t play one game, and he was still ranked No. 1.”"
Pretty high praise from one of the NBA’s up-and-coming stars.
Giles’ future in Sacramento is anything but certain. The Kings inexplicably declined his contract option before the 2019-’20 season began, which will give other teams the opportunity to bid on Giles’ services this off season. There is a real chance that Harry Giles has played his last game in a Kings uniform.
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