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Trae Young leaves USA Select Team

by Jim Lemuel Wilson, August 09, 2019 11:36pm

Atlanta Hawks star guard Trae Young will no longer be part of the USA Men’s Basketball Select Team, Young himself announced via Twitter on Friday (Philippine time).

ESPN's Brian Windhorst reported that Young suffered a minor eye infection and will leave the camp, which is being held in Las Vegas.

Young wrote: "It is with deep sadness that I have to leave USA Basketball Minicamp to deal with a minor injury. Although I look forward to seeing [USA Basketball National Team] Coach [Gregg] Popovich and the Team bring home the Gold this summer, I feel it is most important for me at this moment in my career to focus on my health and preparing for the NBA season with the Atlanta Hawks.”

Young also gave thanks to Team USA and said that he wants to be part of the national squad in the future

“Finally, I want to thank USA Basketball and I look forward to hopefully having another opportunity in the future!" Young wrote.

Last season, Young averaged 19.1 points and 8.1 assists per game. He led all rookies in total points (1,549) and total assists (653) en route to a unanimous First Team All-Rookie selection and a Hawks franchise-record four NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month awards. 

He also led the Eastern Conference in total assists and games with 20+ points/10+ assists (18) -- the third-highest rookie total in NBA history, according to

Young's teammate on the Hawks, big man John Collins, is still participating in the camp as a part of the Select Team. Additionally, Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce is serving as an assistant coach for the USA Basketball National Team as a part of Popovich's staff.

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