Tamera Young

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Tamera Young
Tamera Young cropped.jpg
No. 1 – Chicago Sky
Position Forward
League WNBA
Personal information
Born (1986-10-30) October 30, 1986 (age 30)
Wilmington, North Carolina
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 170 lb (77 kg)
Career information
High school Laney (Wilmington, North Carolina)
College James Madison (2004–2008)
WNBA draft 2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8th overall
Selected by the Atlanta Dream
Playing career 2008–present
Career history
20082009 Atlanta Dream
2009–present Chicago Sky
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

Tamera Young (born October 30, 1986) is an American basketball player for the Chicago Sky of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA).[1]


Born in Wilmington, North Carolina, 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.

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. She is most famously known for wearing pigtails during her games.

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 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.

As a player, she averaged 40.5 % in field goals, 27 % in three-pointers, and made 6.8 PPG.[5]

Overseas career[edit]

During the 2008-2009 off-season, following her rookie year in the WNBA, Young went to Latvia and played for Cesis.[6][7] 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.

In the 2014 off-season, Young joined the Brazilian championship, being teammate to various Atlanta Dream players in América de Recife.[8]


  1. ^ WNBA Player Profile
  2. ^ "Tamera Young - 2006-07 Women's Basketball". Retrieved 2016-04-15. 
  3. ^ "NCAA Statistics". web1.ncaa.org. Retrieved 2016-04-15. 
  4. ^ Dream select Tamera Young with 8th pick
  5. ^ "Tamera Young stats". WNBA.com. Retrieved 27 September 2016. 
  6. ^ DELFI (2009-01-26). "Seilsu 'Cēsīs' nomainīs Tamera Janga". DELFI. Retrieved 2016-04-15. 
  7. ^ "Euroleague Basketball, Teams, Scores, Stats, News, Standings - EUROBASKET". www.eurobasket.com. Retrieved 2016-04-15. 
  8. ^ Sky Overseas Watch: Tamera Young