Princeton’s Jackie Young, Team USA takes home gold in Olympic 3×3 women’s basketball
Princeton native Jackie Young and Team USA took down the Russian Olympic Committee in the final round of the Olympic women’s 3×3 basketball, winning 18-15 to take home the gold medal.
Fans gathered downtown at the Princeton Theatre and Community Center, which opened its doors so people could watch Young live at 2:30 a.m.
Young and her teammates beat France to start the day on Wednesday morning. Around 140 fans in Princeton rallied to watch the game.
Her friends and family told 14 News they are so excited to have Young representing their community.
”I can’t even explain it – watching her from mini ball, all the way to now, it’s just unbelievable to be able to see her playing on the stage she’s playing at now,” Sean Packer, a Young family friend said.
”Of course, we love our country,” Jonita Green, Young’s cousin said. “But when you have your hometown girl playing, and she just happens to be my cousin on top of that, it’s like you just get that much more hyped up.”
Young’s family says she got the unexpected call from U.S. 3×3 women’s basketball head coach, Kara Lawson, while on vacation in Florida, finding out she was going to be placed on the team last minute.
“She got a call like at (11 p.m.) and it was from the (Team USA) people and Kara Lawson,” Kiare Young, Jackie’s sister said. “So they were taking her through the process of what was happening and what could be happening.”
Friends and family say they didn’t find out that Young was going to the Olympics until she was already on the way to Tokyo. Young’s family says she made them and her hometown proud with her performance at this year’s Games.
“Who would have ever dreamed this would become reality,” Green said. “I mean, she dreamed it, but we kind of sitting back like – okay Jackie, we gonna go with you.”
Jackie Young (basketball)
|No. 0 – Las Vegas Aces|
|Born||September 16, 1997 (age 23)
|Listed height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Listed weight||165 lb (75 kg)|
|High school||Princeton Community
|College||Notre Dame (2016–2019)|
|WNBA draft||2019 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall|
|Selected by the Las Vegas Aces|
|2019–present||Las Vegas Aces|
|2020||Elazığ İl Özel İdarespor|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at WNBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Jackie Young (born September 16, 1997) is an American professional basketball player for the Las Vegas Aces of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). She was drafted first overall by the Las Vegas Aces in the 2019 WNBA draft. A graduate of Princeton Community High School, she played college basketball for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, reaching two NCAA finals and winning one in 2018.
High school career
In Young’s high school career, the PCHS Tigers posted a 97-9 (.915) record. She finished as the leading scorer (girls’ or boys’ basketball) in Indiana high school history with 3,268 points, eclipsing the 26-year-old record set by Damon Bailey. Overall, Young averaged 30.8 points, 10.3 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 3.5 steals per game, while shooting .583 from the field, .382 from beyond the arc and .858 from the free-throw line. She led Princeton to 53 consecutive wins and the 2015 Indiana Class 3A state championship. She Scored 36 points in state title game, setting the record for most points in a Class 3A final, as well as the most points by one player in any Indiana girls’ basketball state title game since 1980.
Young led her team to a 27–1 record in her senior season, ranking third in the state and ninth in the nation in scoring with 34.9 PPG. She also achieved 9.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 3.8 steals. She shot .605 as a senior with a .429 mark from three-point range and an .861 free-throw percentage. All told, she compiled 20 30-point games, 10 40-point games and a season high 53 points on Nov. 20 vs. county rival Gibson Southern.
Young set the Indiana high school girls’ basketball single season scoring record as a junior, recording 1,003 points. She was the fifth player of either sex in state history to score 1,000 points in a season. She was ranked in the top-10 by nearly all major national recruiting services, including a No. 5 rank by Prospects Nation.
Early professional career
Young had the option to remain at Notre Dame for the 2019-20 college season, but opted to join the WNBA draft. She was rewarded with being the first draft pick, and joined the Las Vegas Aces, coached by Bill Laimbeer. Weeks after the announcement she was signed to a multi-year deal with Puma as it expanded its support for women’s basketball.
Her first season was one of adjustment and reliance on one of her strengths in the college seasons in being able to protect and distribute the ball. A change in role and need to move from an established team unit to a new environment meant a need to develop her game. She commented later, “I wasn’t the point guard in college, at certain times I would play point. So coming to the league and playing strictly the 1 was definitely different for me, definitely an adjustment”.
Despite these challenges, her contribution to the team reaching the WNBA semi-finals, and her finishing eighth in the WNBA with 153 total assists and a sixth ranking 2.89 assist/turnover ratio, were recognized by her making the annual all-star rookie team.
As her second pro season started, coach Bill Laimbeer explained that he saw that season as a potential “break-out” season. This had been expected as “some (rookies) will come in like Sue Bird and others will take a little time to develop. We realized that Jackie would take time to develop. I think Jackie is a very level person and she realizes that after the first year that she figured out what she has to do body-wise and how to play the game. I think this year you’re going to see a dramatic shift on the basketball court more so than she had last year.”
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game||RPG||Rebounds per game|
|APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game||BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game|
|TO||Turnovers per game||FG%||Field-goal percentage||3P%||3-point field-goal percentage||FT%||Free-throw percentage|
|Bold||Career high||°||League leader|
|Career||2 years, 1 team||56||34||23.8||.398||.298||.828||3.7||3.9||0.7||0.3||1.6||8.3|
|Turkish League 2020||Elazig||2||20.5||4.5||28.6%||0.0%||50.0%||1.5||2.0||3.5||2.5||2.0||0.0||2.0||3.0||1.0|