|WNBA's Chicago Sky – No. 1|
October 30, 1986 |
Wilmington, North Carolina
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg)|
|High school||Emsley A. Laney High School|
|Draft||8th overall, 2008
|Atlanta Dream (2008–2009)
Chicago Sky (2009–present)
|Awards and honors|
|AP All-American honorable mention (2008)
CAA Player of the Year (2008)
All-CAA first team (2006, 2007, 2008)
Tamera Young is the daughter of Greg Young and Lynda Nichols-Brown and John Brown. She has an older brother, A.J., and two older sisters, Nikia and Valerie. Her cousin, Willie Williams, was a cornerback for the National Football League Pittsburgh Steelers and a 13-year National Football League veteran (Steelers 1993-96, 2005; Seattle Seahawks 1997-2003). She attended the same high school, Emsley A. Laney High School, as basketball legend Michael Jordan.
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. As a senior, she led JMU to the third round of the 2008 WNIT, before ultimately losing to The University of Kentucky. She is most famously known for wearing pigtails during her games.
Young was drafted in the first round with the eighth overall pick in the 2008 WNBA Draft by the expansion team Atlanta Dream. In her first season with the Dream she 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.
During the 2008-2009 off-season, following her rookie year in the WNBA, Young went to Latvia and played for Cesis. For the 2009-2010 Off-Season Young went to Turkey and played for Pankup. In 2010 she signed with Basket Landus 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 Ashdod in Israel and go on to win the 2012 Israeli Cup and be named the MVP.