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Trae Young tweets advice to high school basketball players

Graduation season is upon us. But before the students cross the stage and throw their caps in the air, their big brother, Trae Young, has some words of wisdom to impart. Unfortunately, the All-Star point guard isn’t the first speaker at the ceremonies this year (that would be so tough, though). However, he tweeted the below advice to high school basketball players.

Basically, Young said, if you’re an outstanding high schooler, don’t make a hasty decision about where to play in college based on money. Last year, the floodgates to money in college sports were officially opened. To be fair, many college athletes have always been paid under the table.

But thanks to the NCAA board of directors suspending the organization’s rules prohibiting athletes from selling the rights to their names, images and likenesses, these young adults can finally make money.

While everyone (except Dick Vitale) recognizes that this is an important step in the right direction, Young warns the younger generation before getting into the wrong situation. The 23-year-old concluded his tweet by saying: “Don’t get distracted from the main objective and don’t be complacent or headed in the wrong direction based on something short term. The main objective is this that we all want!”

If there’s anyone to listen to on this subject, it’s Young. The 2017 McDonald’s High School All-American climbed the ranks one step at a time, one road trip to Dallas at a time to the NBA superstar’s promised land. A few months ago, I spoke with Young’s trainer and family friend, Tim Martin, about raising the superstar.

In addition to gift cards and copies of Oh, the places you will go! families should print this tweet and include it in their gifts to high school graduates who dream of going to the association. Stay locked in for breaking news, highlights and analysis.

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