Tamera "Ty" Young (born October 30, 1986) is a former American basketball player who is currently a free agent. After playing collegiately for James Madison University, Young was drafted by the Atlanta Dream with the 8th overall pick of the 2008 WNBA draft. She was traded to the Chicago Sky, and led them to the WNBA Finals in 2015, then came back to Atlanta, and was traded to the Aces in 2018.

Tamera Young
Young with Las Vegas in 2019
Free agent
PositionSmall forward
Personal information
Born (1986-10-30) October 30, 1986 (age 37)
Wilmington, North Carolina, U.S.
Listed height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight170 lb (77 kg)
Career information
High schoolEmsley A. Laney
(Wilmington, North Carolina)
CollegeJames Madison (2004–2008)
WNBA draft2008: 1st round, 8th overall pick
Selected by the Atlanta Dream
Playing career2008–present
Career history
20082009Atlanta Dream
20092017Chicago Sky
2016–17Shanxi Flame
2017Atlanta Dream
20182019Las Vegas Aces
Career highlights and awards
  • AP honorable mention All-American (2008)
  • CAA Player of the Year (2008)
  • 3× First-team All-CAA (2006–2008)
Stats at WNBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Personal edit

Born in Wilmington, North Carolina, Tamera Young is the daughter of the late Greg Young and Lynda Nichols-Brown and John Brown. She has an older brother, A.J., and an older sister, Nikia. Her cousin, Willie Williams, was a cornerback for the National Football League's Pittsburgh Steelers and a 13-year NFL veteran (Steelers 1993–96, 2005; Seattle Seahawks 1997–2003). Tamera is the all-time leading scorer at Emsley A. Laney High School, the same high school that produced Michael Jordan, where her number 11 jersey is retired. During her senior year she led the "Buccaneers to the 2004 Conference Championship. During her off-seasons she spends her time with her fiancée, Mimi Faust in Atlanta raising awareness about pancreatic cancer to which she lost her father on April 6, 2015.[1]

College career edit

Tamera played collegiately at James Madison University in the Colonial Athletic Association. She set numerous records while in college, including the conference's all-time scoring record.[2] As a senior, she led JMU to the third round of the 2008 WNIT, before ultimately losing to the University of Kentucky.

James Madison statistics edit


  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Year Team GP Points FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2004-05 James Madison 29 399 42.1 32.4 63.8 7.0 1.5 2.5 0.4 13.8
2005-06 James Madison 31 485 39.3 29.2 65.5 9.9 2.5 2.3 0.2 15.6
2006-07 James Madison 33 544 40.2 33.3 74.7 8.0 2.3 2.1 0.3 16.5
2007-08 James Madison 34 693 41.0 19.7 65.2 10.4 3.0 1.9 0.7 20.4
Career James Madison 127 2121 40.6 29.7 67.1 8.9 2.4 2.2 0.4 16.7

WNBA career edit

Young was drafted in the first round with the eighth overall pick in the 2008 WNBA draft by the expansion team Atlanta Dream.[4] In her first season with the Dream Tamera became the first player[5] from James Madison University to play in the WNBA and wore the number 23 on her jersey. In her second season she switched to the number 11, which she wore in college. While playing for the Atlanta Dream, Young's per game averages included 8.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.2 steals, and 27.4 minutes a game.

On August 12, 2009, Young was traded to the Chicago Sky in exchange for Armintie Price.

As a player, she averaged 40.5% in field goal accuracy, 27% in three-point accuracy, and averaged 6.8 PPG.[6]

On February 1, 2018, Young signed a contract with the Las Vegas Aces.[7]

Overseas career edit

During the 2008–2009 off-season, following her rookie year in the WNBA, Young went to Latvia and played for Cesis.[8][9] For the 2009–2010 off-Season Young went to Turkey and played for Pankup. In 2010, she signed with Basket Landes in France for the 2010–2011 off-Season. Young signed to play for Istanbul University in Turkey for the 2011–2012 off-season. After the winter holidays she would sign with Maccabi Bnot Ashdod in Israel and go on to win the 2012 Israeli Cup and be named the MVP.

In the 2014 off-season, Young joined the Brazilian championship, being teammate to various Atlanta Dream players in América de Recife.[10]

References edit

  1. ^ "Inside the Sneaker Room of Tamera Young". August 16, 2018. Retrieved August 16, 2018.
  2. ^ "Tamera Young – 2006-07 Women's Basketball". Retrieved April 15, 2016.
  3. ^ "NCAA Statistics". web1.ncaa.org. Retrieved April 15, 2016.
  4. ^ Dream select Tamera Young with 8th pick
  5. ^ "Tamera Young – WNBA stats". Retrieved August 16, 2018.
  6. ^ "Tamera Young stats". WNBA.com. Retrieved September 27, 2016.
  7. ^ "Las Vegas Signs 10-Year Veteran Forward Tamera Young". WNBA.com. February 1, 2018. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  8. ^ DELFI (January 26, 2009). "Seilsu 'Cēsīs' nomainīs Tamera Janga". DELFI. Retrieved April 15, 2016.
  9. ^ "Euroleague Basketball, Teams, Scores, Stats, News, Standings – EUROBASKET". www.eurobasket.com. Retrieved April 15, 2016.
  10. ^ "Overseas Update 2014–15: Tamera Young". NBA.com. Retrieved August 30, 2017.