E.A. Laney High School first gained notoriety as the High School that cut His Airness Michael Jordan from the Varsity Team. Jordan credits that experience for assisting him on the path to greatness that led him to being recognized the world over as the greatest basketball player ever to lace up a pair of Nike’s.
Tamera Young knew of the history of her local high school and what a privilege it was to play in the same place that Jordan did but she was determined not to let that be the only fact that she was known for as she worked day in and day out on her game. What eventuated was a career path of her very own that took her from Laney where she scored 1581 career points and 791 career rebounds to James Madison University and into the first round of the WNBA Draft where she became the first ever player from James Madison to be drafted into the WNBA.
Young enjoyed early success with the Atlanta Dream as a rookie but was snapped up by the Sky in her second season in a trade that sent Armintie Price to the Dream mid-season in 2009. Young has continued to develop her game in her three and a half seasons with the Sky and she has become the ultimate swing player and defensive stopper for the Sky.
Young attended the Hall of Fame Ceremony at Laney last Friday night and was thrilled to be back in he high school gym and to have members of her family in attendance. “It is an honor to be inducted into the Hall of Fame at my high school. It just proves that hard work pays off. I am thankful and Blessed to be able to accept the award, and especially from a school with great history behind it.” Young said from North Carolina.
Young is destined for greatness of her own if she remains on this path she has forged for herself and this Hall of Fame Honor is just the first of what should be many honors in a long and illustrious career.