Atlanta Dream selects Young instead of Georgia’s Humphrey
Young selected eighth overall
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.”