Laney grad makes WNBA return from injury for Chicago Sky

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Former Laney High School standout and WNBA veteran Tamera Young was cleared from injury earlier this week and made her return to the floor for the first time in nearly two months during Tuesday’s game for the Chicago Sky.

A seven-year player for the organization based in the Windy City, Young is the longest tenured athlete on the team and helped guide the Sky to the WNBA Finals in 2014.

Tamera Youn, right, pictured with Qwedia Wallace, left,  and Laney Athletic Director Fred Lynch.
Tamera Young, right, pictured with Laney Athletic Director Fred Lynch.

She underwent surgery nearly seven weeks ago to repair a ligament in her right thumb. In her debut, Young was 6-of-11 from the field and finished with 14 points and six rebounds in 19 minutes of action.

During her off time, she was back in Wilmington to help organize a three-on-three basketball tournament to raise money for cancer research. Her dad passed away from cancer this past April.

A 2004 graduate of Laney, Young was honored by her alma mater in January 2014 by having her jersey retired alongside former NBA players Michael Jordan, Kevin Whitted and former Temple University standout Qwedia Wallace.

Now in her eighth WNBA season, Young played her college ball at James Madison University. She’s averaged 21.2 minutes, 6.7 points and 3.7 rebounds per game throughout her pro career, but played in just five games before being injured earlier this season.

Through 21 games, Chicago is one game back behind first-place New York Liberty in the WNBA Eastern Conference. The Sky is led by former Delaware standout Elena Delle Donne, who averages 24.6 points per game.