Trae Young, often listed as one of the most popular young players in the NBA, celebrated Valentine’s Day with his college sweetheart Shelby Danae Miller while she gracefully flaunted her beau on Instagram. 

The stunning Oklahoma cheerleader took to her Instagram on February 14, 2021, to share a snap of the NBA star and herself enjoying a glass of wine outdoors. 

“My Valentine,” she wrote in the caption, followed by a black heart emoji. 

They Have Been Together Since 2017

However, that was not the first time she put the NBA star on her feed for all to see. From what we could tell, Young debuted on Miller’s Instagram all the way back in October 2017. 

The post featured Miller clad in her cheerleading outfit, holding a pair of red and white pom-poms in her left hand while holding on to Young on the right side. 

The Atlanta Hawks player, dressed in a casual black tee and a pair of Nike shorts, also put his arms around Miller while both smiled for the camera.

As to when exactly they started dating, the timeline is still a little fuzzy. According to reports obtained by Republic World, the two first met in Oklahoma University, where they were both students. 

Miller Wants Three Kids

After that post from Miller, both Young and Miller have often been seen in each other’s socials. For instance, in 2020, the Hawks star shared a series of videos on his stories which featured the girlfriend cooking dinner. 

In the clips that followed, the two answered a series of random questions. While most of the questions were just for fun, one question, in particular, caught our eye. 

The first question dealt with Miller and read, “How many kids do you want?” To which she confidently replied, “Three.”

Young Inherited Basketball from His Father

Young was born on September 19, 1998, making him 22 years old as of this writing. Although it might be a bit of a stretch drawing a parallel between him and his old man, there is a parallel to be explored, nevertheless. 

Much like Young and Miller, his parents Ray and Candice Young met on campus in high school. Ray was also a top college basketball prospect who then became a professional in the sport. 

But unlike Young, Ray had to go through many hoops to make it. An article by The Washington Post reported that Ray’s basketball diaries were humble at the very least. 


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According to the publication, Ray spent his early years in Texas in an economically backward household. He grew up seeing interior heating as a luxury, and his one sweater and jeans outfit was almost a uniform. 

The outlet credited his force of will and clever maneuvering with his success in college basketball playing for Texas Tech in the late 1990s.

Sadly, even though he averaged 14.1 points, 3.8 assists, and 3.2 rebounds while shooting 37.9 percent from the three-point line, he was not drafted into the NBA and spent less than a season with the Houston Rockets. He still played for several European teams, including FC Porto in Portugal in 2001-02.