Landers Athlete of the Week: Tiara Young - August 3 - KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana News Weather & Sports

Landers Athlete of the Week: Tiara Young - August 3

Athlete of the Week Tiara Young (Source: KSLA News 12) Athlete of the Week Tiara Young (Source: KSLA News 12)

Tiara Young is arguably one of the best female guards in the state of Louisiana.

In 2015 she averaged 23 points and 4 assist. She was named District 1-5A MVP Tiara made the All State team and the All City team.

With those type of awards one would think she was a senior in high school.

Tiara is just entering her sophomore year of high school.

"She started young around the 3rd and 4th grade. She started playing high school ball in the 7th grade, you've been seeing her for awhile now so she's young," said her father Warren Young.

Like almost every other 14 year old, she can't wait to be 15.

"I mean my birthday is this month on August 24th. People call me a baby and I'm not a baby," said Tiara.

Her inspiration starts at home. Her father played basketball in high school.

Her mother ,Meoka Young, played as well and is the Evangel Lady Eagles head basketball coach.

"I've seen articles, she claims she used to be a dog," said Tiara Young.

"I played at Booker T. Washington High School and then I played 2 years of junior college ball," said Meoka Young. "I was the leader on the team my sophomore through senior year."

Tiara and her mother have a great relationship off the court but between the black lines things got tough.

"It was very hard at first, I had to figure out how to separate the relationship between mother and coach. Within the last year we just cut basketball we don't talk about it, both of us are very competitive. If the team isn't working right it was mainly her fault," said Meoka Young.

The tough love helped make young Tiara a leader.

"I tell her all the time, if you are not right they are not going to be right and that's exactly how its going to be this year," said Meoka Young.

"I like it," said Tiara. "It's a big part of my life being mature and just being a leader."

Tiara's growth can also be attributed to playing AAU basketball in the summers with the Louisiana Bolt.

"The mental part is what I'm really impressed with now, she's more of a leader now she knows when to take over and when to pass the ball and when to get others involved. She's always had the physical ability but yea she's matured a whole lot," said her AAU Coach Kenny Carswell.

Tiara is young like her last name but as she continues to mature and grow as a person and a player one thing she dosen't want to lose is her competitive nature. She's says it's a family thing.


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