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Sophia Young goes to Silver Stars

Sophia Young goes to  Silver Stars

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Rising basketball star, Sophia Young was the number four first- round pick, when the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) held its Draft last Wednesday in Boston.

Young went to the San Antonio Silver Stars.

And she received raving reviews from the presenters on the live televised draft.

They spoke glowingly of her attributes and her natural athleticism.{{more}}

Young had paternal support as her father Denniston Young was on hand to witness the draft.

Blessed with an abundance of raw talent honed during her early training in netball here, Young was always touted as a candidate for the big league since her entry into the collegiate circuit in 2002.

Last year she powered her university, Baylor, to their first NCAA Women’s Basketball title.

Although her team did not repeat the honour this year, Young returned a 22.3 points average and 10 rebounds per game in the 2005-2006 season.

She was the all time Big 12 leader in rebounding, an achievement that influenced her selection to the Silver Stars.

Young was a Kodak All America candidate 2005, WBCA All America, NCAA Final Four MVP 2005, and All America Big 12 first team selection.

Young, originally from the Central Leeward town of Layou, left here in 1999, and spent three years at the Evangel Shreveport Academy before her tenure at Baylor University.

Young became the second Vincentian female basketballer to enter the WNBA, following the break through last year of Sancho Lyttle.

Lyttle represents the Houston Comets. Both players have a similar history as they were part of the winning netball team that took the Caribbean Under-16 title in 1999.

It was immediately after this competition that Young made her departure for the United States of America.

The WNBA opens May 20.

The top pick was taken by Seimone Augustus of LSU who went to the Minnesota Lynx.

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