Wilmington native Tamera Young returned to her hometown and gave a free basketball clinic to the kids in city. She came out and spent a day at The Martin Luther King Center devoting herself to the community were she grow up. Even visiting her church Union Baptist where they made it Tamera Young Day. Never forgetting where she came from, she knows how important it is to support she community and get back.
Tamera Young is the daughter of Greg Young and Lynda Nichols-Brown and John Brown. She has an older brother, A.J., and two older sisters, Nikia and Valerie. Her cousin, Willie Williams, was a corner back for the National Football League Pittsburgh Steelers and a 13-year National Football League veteran (Steelers 1993-96, 2005; Seattle Seahawks 1997-2003). She attended the same high school, Emsley A. Laney High School, as basketball legend Michael Jordan. Tamera played collegiality at James Madison University in the Colonial Athletic Association. She set numerous records while in college, including the conference’s all-time scoring record. As a senior, she led JMU to the third round of the 2008 WNIT, before ultimately losing to The University ofKentucky. She is most famously known for wearing pigtails during her games.
Young was drafted in the first round with the eighth overall pick in the 2008 WNBA Draft by the expansion team Atlanta Dream. In her first season with the Dream she wore the number 23 on her jersey. In her second season she switched to the number 11, which she wore in college. While playing for the Atlanta Dream, Young’s per game averages included 8.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.2 steals, and 27.4 minutes a game.
On August 12, 2009, Young was traded to the Chicago Sky in exchange for Armintie Price.