Jackie Young (basketball)

Jackie Young (born September 16, 1997) is an American professional basketball player for the Las Vegas Aces of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). She was drafted first overall by the Las Vegas Aces in the 2019 WNBA draft. A graduate of Princeton Community High School, she played college basketball for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, reaching two NCAA finals and winning one in 2018. She won a gold medal in Women's 3x3 basketball at the 2020 Summer Olympics and a national professional WNBA championship in 2022.[1]

Jackie Young
Jackie Young.jpg
Young with Las Vegas in 2019
No. 0 – Las Vegas Aces
PositionShooting guard
LeagueWNBA
Personal information
Born (1997-09-16) September 16, 1997 (age 25)
Princeton, Indiana
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Listed weight165 lb (75 kg)
Career information
High schoolPrinceton Community
(Princeton, Indiana)
CollegeNotre Dame (2016–2019)
WNBA draft2019 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the Las Vegas Aces
Playing career2019–present
Career history
2019–presentLas Vegas Aces
2020Elazığ İl Özel İdarespor
2020–2021A.S. Ramat Hasharon
2021–2022Perth Lynx
Career highlights and awards
Stats at WNBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Medals
Women's 3x3 basketball
Representing  United States
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2020 Tokyo 3x3 Team

High school careerEdit

In Young's high school career, the PCHS Tigers posted a 97-9 (.915) record. She finished as the leading scorer (girls' or boys' basketball) in Indiana high school history with 3,268 points, eclipsing the 26-year-old record set by Damon Bailey. Overall, Young averaged 30.8 points, 10.3 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 3.5 steals per game, while shooting .583 from the field, .382 from beyond the arc and .858 from the free-throw line. She led Princeton to 53 consecutive wins and the 2015 Indiana Class 3A state championship. She Scored 36 points in state title game, setting the record for most points in a Class 3A final, as well as the most points by one player in any Indiana girls' basketball state title game since 1980.

Young led her team to a 27–1 record in her senior season, ranking third in the state and ninth in the nation in scoring with 34.9 PPG. She also achieved 9.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 3.8 steals. She shot .605 as a senior with a .429 mark from three-point range and an .861 free-throw percentage. All told, she compiled 20 30-point games, 10 40-point games and a season high 53 points on Nov. 20 vs. county rival Gibson Southern.

Young set the Indiana high school girls' basketball single season scoring record as a junior, recording 1,003 points. She was the fifth player of either sex in state history to score 1,000 points in a season. She was ranked in the top-10 by nearly all major national recruiting services, including a No. 5 rank by Prospects Nation.

College careerEdit

Young played three seasons of college basketball for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish between 2016 and 2019, where she won an NCAA championship as a sophomore in 2018.[2][3] She earned ACC All-Freshman Team in 2017 and second-team All-ACC in 2019. She also earned ACC tournament MVP in 2019.[4]

Professional careerEdit

WNBAEdit

Young had the option to remain at Notre Dame for the 2019–20 college season, but opted to enter the 2019 WNBA draft where she was selected with the first overall pick by the Las Vegas Aces, coached by Bill Laimbeer.[5] She later signed a multi-year deal with Puma.[6] She played the 2019 WNBA season as a point guard for the first time, having played as a shooting guard in college.[7] Young finished eighth in the WNBA with 153 total assists, and her 2.89 assist/turnover ranked sixth overall. She averaged 6.6 points and 3.3 rebounds per game[7] and was subsequently named to the WNBA All-Rookie Team.[8]

In the 2020 WNBA season, Young averaged 10.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 assist in 40 games with the Aces.[4]

In the 2021 WNBA season, Young emerged as an early candidate for Most Improved Player after being shifted to that of a play finisher rather than a playmaker but eventually lost out to Brionna Jones as Dallas went out at the semi-final stage of the 2021 WNBA Playoffs[9][10][11] Following her further improvements during the 2022 season she was selected as most improved player throughout the WNBA in 2022[12] She was also announced to her first WNBA All-Star team as a starter in July.[13] She was also a part of the championship winning Las Vegas Aces.[1]

Turkey and IsraelEdit

In February 2020, Young joined Turkish side Elazığ,[14] but her time there lasted only two games due to the coronavirus-induced cancellation of the league.[15]

For the 2020–21 season, Young played in Israel for A.S. Ramat Hasharon.[4]

AustraliaEdit

On August 3, 2021, Young signed with the Perth Lynx in Australia for the 2021–22 WNBL season.[16] Her performances grew steadily and in particular her scoring improved from an average of 10 points per game in the first ten games to average over twenty five in her subsequent six games including 30, 36 and 26 points in consecutive matches to help Lynx finish the regular season second in the WNBL.[17][18][19] Jackie contributed 21, 12 and 18 respectively in the three-match final series which Melbourne Boomers won by two matches to one.[20][21][22][23] Young was made 2021–2 season MVP for Perth Lynx[24] and was runner-up overall league MVP.[25][26]

National team careerEdit

In July 2021, Young won a gold medal in Women's 3x3 basketball at the 2020 Summer Olympics.[27][28]

Career statisticsEdit

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game  RPG  Rebounds per game
 APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game  BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game
 TO  Turnovers per game  FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 Bold  Career high ° League leader

CollegeEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG TO PPG
2016–17 Notre Dame 33 0 21.4 .463 .379 .803 4.6 1.4 1.8 0.3 1.5 7.3
2017–18 Notre Dame 38 38 34.4 .520 .282 .789 6.6 3.7 1.4 0.5 2.4 14.5
2018–19 Notre Dame 38 37 32.2 .528 .452 .785 7.4 5.1 1.3 0.4 1.9 14.7
Career 109 75 29.7 .512 .364 .790 6.3 3.5 1.2 0.4 1.9 12.4

WNBAEdit

Denotes seasons in which Young won a WNBA championship

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG TO PPG
2019 Las Vegas 34 34 22.6 .322 .318 .808 3.3 4.5 0.8 0.4 1.6 6.6
2020 Las Vegas 22 0 25.8 .492 .231 .852 4.3 3.0 0.7 0.1 1.6 11.0
2021 Las Vegas 32 32 31.8 .507 .250 .833 4.1 3.2 1.1 0.3 1.5 12.2
2022 Las Vegas 34 34 33.2 .476 .431 .859 4.4 3.9 1.4 0.2 1.3 15.9
Career 4 years, 1 team 122 100 28.5 .455 .373 .841 4.0 3.7 1.0 0.3 1.5 11.5

PostseasonEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG TO PPG
2019 Las Vegas 5 5 12.4 .409 .800 .875 1.8 2.6 0.0 0.0 1.2 5.8
2020 Las Vegas 8 0 20.4 .309 .167 .905 3.0 2.8 0.3 0.1 2.4 7.8
2021 Las Vegas 5 5 26.0 .333 .000 1.000 3.2 2.2 1.0 0.4 0.6 5.6
2022 Las Vegas 10 10 34.5 .432 .474 .926 4.1 3.0 0.8 0.1 1.6 12.5
Career 4 years, 1 team 28 20 25.0 .376 .460 .919 3.2 2.7 0.5 0.1 1.6 8.7

FIBAEdit

Figures are average per game[29]
Year/League Team G MIN PTS 2FGP 3FGP FT RO RD RT AS PF BS ST TO RNK
Turkish League 2020 Elazig 2 20.5 4.5 28.6% 0.0% 50.0% 1.5 2.0 3.5 2.5 2.0 0.0 2.0 3.0 1.0

WNBL (Australia)[30]Edit

Year Team G PTS FGA FGM FG% 3PA 3PM 3P% FTA FTM FT& DEF OFF REB AST BLK STL TO
2022 Perth Lynx 20 356 293 140 47.8 15 3 20 87 73 83.9 61 20 81 66 4 30 32

ReferencesEdit

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  8. ^ "All-Rookie Teams". wnba.com. Retrieved August 3, 2021.
  9. ^ Nemchock, Eric (June 1, 2021). "Three Up, Three Down: Jackie Young emerging as early candidate for Most Improved Player". swishappeal.com. Retrieved August 3, 2021.
  10. ^ "Connecticut Sun Brionna Jones named 2021 KIA Most Improved Player | Sporting News Canada". www.sportingnews.com. Retrieved 2022-03-06.
  11. ^ "Phoenix Mercury punch ticket to the Finals in front of record-setting crowd". ESPN.com. 2021-10-09. Retrieved 2022-03-12.
  12. ^ "Breanna Stewart earns AP WNBA Player of the Year honors". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2022-08-17.
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  14. ^ "Elazig inks Jackie Young".
  15. ^ "TBF cancels league for season". Türkiye Basketbol Federasyonu. Retrieved 15 August 2020.
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  23. ^ "Match Stats 9 Apr - Perth Lynx". Perth Lynx. 9 April 2022. Retrieved 2022-04-09.
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  25. ^ Hill, Kyle. "Tracking Jackie: Young named Lynx MVP". Princeton Clarion. Retrieved 2022-04-16.
  26. ^ "Perth Lynx - And your Season 2021/22 MVP .... 𝗠𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗩𝗮𝗹𝘂𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗣𝗹𝗮𝘆𝗲𝗿 - 𝗝𝗮𝗰𝗸𝗶𝗲 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗴 💪 "There's a reason why Jackie finished 2nd in league MVP voting, went 1st in the WNBA draft, and already has a gold medal around her neck. She's a seriously talented player, and an even better human" - Ryan Petrik #perthlynx | Facebook". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2022-04-14.
  27. ^ Bumbaca, Chris. "'My life changed like that': From vacation to Tokyo Olympics, Jackie Young wins 3-on-3 gold". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2021-07-29.
  28. ^ "Former Notre Dame basketball player Jackie Young wins gold in first-ever Olympic 3x3 // The Observer". The Observer. 2021-07-28. Retrieved 2021-07-29.
  29. ^ "Jackie Young stats summary". Eurobasket. Retrieved 15 August 2020.
  30. ^ "Stats - Perth Lynx". Perth Lynx. Retrieved 2022-04-09.

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