Young commits to HU

Published 9:25 pm Friday, February 15, 2019

Senior King’s Fork High School basketball standout Nylah Young has committed to play NCAA Division I basketball at Hampton University.

Young is the midst of a historic senior season that has seen her average more than 27 points and 10 rebounds a game. Young said she is happy the stressful process is done.

“The whole recruiting process didn’t go as well as I thought it would, but everything happened right on time,” she said. “Everything worked out in the end, thank God. It was stressful, but I am happy everything worked out.”

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Hampton officially offered Young a week ago. Before the offer, she had been in contact with them for a while. She also considered Longwood University and Norfolk State University but felt like Hampton was the best fit for her.

“The thing that stuck out to me was that they were already beginning to treat me like family before I even committed,” Young said. The HU women’s basketball team is currently 13-9 on the season.

Just last week, Young scored a career high of 52 points which also now stands as the new school single-game scoring record. Young has been playing well all season but recently has taken her game to the next level. In some ways, she could have waited to play out the rest of the season to see what else could come along. However, she felt in her gut that she was comfortable with committing now.

“I just had one of those gut feelings,” she said. “I felt like it was the right choice.”

Young now wants to shift her full focus to the playoffs, which will start next Tuesday for the Lady Bulldogs on the road. She is hopeful King’s Fork can make another strong run for a state title.

Young was the 2017-2018 Southeastern District Player of the Year and was the 2017-2018 Female Winter Athlete of the Year for the Suffolk News-Herald.