At­lanta Dream se­lects Young in­stead of Ge­or­gia’s Humphrey

Young se­lected eighth over­all

The Covington News - - Sports - By Jonathan Lan­drum Jr.

AT­LANTA — The At­lanta Dream con­sid­ered the pos­si­ble ben­e­fits of go­ing with a lo­cal col­lege star for the team’s first WNBA draft pick but in­stead chose Tam­era Young of James Madi­son in the first round on Wed­nes­day.

The Dream se­lected Young, a 6-foot-2 guard, over Ge­or­gia for­ward Tasha Humphrey with the eighth pick in the draft.

Young is a strong re­bounder and de­fender with a con­sis­tent shot from the perime­ter. She was the Colo­nial Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion player of the year, av­er­ag­ing 20.4 points and 10.4 re­bounds.

“We re­ally needed to get a guard,” At­lanta coach and gen­eral man­ager Marynell Meadors said. “Noth­ing against Tasha— she’s a great player — but we needed help at the po­si­tion.”

The Dream did ac­quire Camille Lit­tle, for­mer Ge­or­gia Tech stand­out Chioma Nna­maka and a 2009 first-round pick from San An­to­nio in re­turn for Ann Wauters, Morenike Atun­rase and At­lanta’s sec­ond-round pick in 2009.

Atun­rase, from Texas A&M, was the Dream’s sec­ond-round pick on Wed­nes­day.

Meadors said the trade was made be­cause Wauters did not want to play for an ex­pan­sion team.

There was spec­u­la­tion the Dream might pick Humphrey, a 6-foot-4 cen­ter from Gainesville, who could have been a rec­og­niz­able face for the new fran­chise. Humphrey, a four­time All-South­east­ern Con­fer­ence player, was se­lected three picks later by East­ern Con­fer­ence cham­pion Detroit Shock.

Young said she was in “com­plete shock” to be drafted.

“I was shak­ing with tears com­ing out of my eyes,” Young said. “I looked at my mom and she was do­ing the same thing. I’m still tak­ing ev­ery­thing in right now. It’s a bless­ing.”

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