HU’s Young emerges as one of the Big South’s best freshmen

By Harrington Gardiner | Hampton Script Staff Writer

Despite accomplishing so many achievements and receiving so many awards this season, Nylah Young has one goal in mind: a championship for the Lady Pirates.

The freshman's season so far has included winning the Big South conference freshman player of the week. Young has been averaging 15.3 PPG, 11 Reb and 2.3 steals this season.

Nylah is from Suffolk, Virginia with an undecided major. She's been playing basketball since she was six years old. Young played AAU basketball and she also played all four years of high school basketball at Kings Fork High School.

Photo Credit: Jim Heath / Director of Sports Information

Since a young age, Young has been inspired by three basketball players: Candice Parker, LeBron James and most importantly her father. Nylah's dad played overseas after playing at the University of Maryland and East Carolina.

"He's been my inspiration because he's been playing all his life too, so I wanted to play since I was young, and it just stuck with me," Young said.

The decision to attend Hampton University came from her desire to be closer to home. Hampton also had a family atmosphere that was unlike any other school.

"When you go other places they pretend, but I felt like when I came here, I was treated like real family," she said. "[Hampton's] basketball program is great and I decided to go someplace where I'd fit in and become a threat as soon as I get there."

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