Thaddeus Young played for Mitchell High School’s varsity basketball team. He was named to the McDonald’s High School All-American Team. As a senior, he averaged 26.9 points, 13.8 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 4.3 steals, and 3.6 blocks per match. He joined Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets men’s basketball squad. He was chosen by the Philadelphia 76ers as the first round, 12th overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft. Young was part of the NBA All-Rookie Second Team. He was traded to Minnesota Timberwolves and Brooklyn Nets.