Notre Dame recruit Jackie Young nets national honor
As the current Notre Dame women’s basketball team has a rare lull before the NCAA Tournament storm, its future continues to make headlines.
On Thursday, Irish recruit Jackie Young was named the winner of the Naismith National High School Trophy for girls basketball, putting her in the rarified air of former ND All-American Skylar Diggins.
And one of the other four finalists for the award just happened to be future teammate Erin Boley, a 6-foot-2, forward from Elizabethtown, Ky. Both Young, from Princeton, Ind., and Boley were named Gatorade Player of the Year in their respective states, also on Thursday.
Young, a 5-11 guard, becomes the third ND signee to win the Naismith Trophy in its 29-year history, joining Diggins from South Bend Washington High (2009) and Michelle Marciniak (1991), who finished her college career at Tennessee.
She is Indiana’s all-time leading scorer (3,268 points) for either gender, first breaking former Wawasee standout Shanna Zolman’s girls record, then Bedford-North Lawrence standout Damon Bailey’s mark.
Young was selected by basketball journalists from around the country who form the Naismith Awards national high school board of selectors.
“Jackie literally has the ability to take over a game like no other player I have ever seen, but she doesn’t want to do that,” Princeton coach Charles Mair said. “She wants to get her teammates involved.
“She is the most unselfish big-time player I have seen in 35 years of coaching varsity girls basketball. When the game is on the line, she has a third gear. It is Jackie time, game over.”
|2016||Jackie Young||Princeton Community High||Princeton||IN|
|2015||Katie Lou Samuleson||Mater Dei High School||Santa Ana||CA|
|2014||A'Ja Wilson||Heathwood Hall Episcopal School||Hopkins||SC|
|2013||Diamond DeShields||Norcross HS||Norcross||GA|
|2012||Breanna Stewart||Cicero North High School||Syracuse||NY|
|2011||Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis||Mater Dei High School||Santa Ana||CA|
|2009||Skylar Diggins||Washington High||South Bend||IN|
|2008||Elena Delle Donne||Ursuline Academy||Wilmington||DE|
|2007||Maya Moore||Collins Hill High||Suwanee||GA|
|2006||Maya Moore||Collins Hill High||Suwanee||GA|
|2005||Courtney Paris||Piedmont High||Piedmont||CA|
|2004||Candace Parker||Naperville Central||Naperville||IL|
|2003||Candace Parker||Naperville Central||Naperville||IL|
|2002||Ann Strother||Highlands Ranch High||Highlands Ranch||CO|
|2001||Shyra Ely||Ben Davis High||Indianapolis||IN|
|2000||Diana Taurasi||Don Lugo High||Chino||CA|
|1999||Kara Lawson||West Springfield High||Springfield||VA|
|1998||Tamika Williams||Chaminade-Julienne High||Dayton||OH|
|1997||Tamika Catchings||Duncanville High||Duncanville||TX|
|1996||Kiesha Brown||Woodward Academy||Atlanta||GA|
|1995||Chamique Holdsclaw||Christ the King||Middle Village||NY|
|1994||Tiffany Gooden||Snider High||Ft. Wayne||IN|
|1993||La'Keshia Frett||Phoebus High||Hampton||VA|
|1992||Yolanda Watkins||Decatur High||Decatur||AL|
|1991||Michelle Marciniak||Central Catholic High||Allentown||PA|
|1990||Lisa Leslie||Morningside High||Inglewood||CA|
|1989||Lisa Harrison||Southern High||Louisville||KY|
|1988||Vicki Hall||Brebeuf Prep||Indianapolis||IN|
|1987||Lynne Lorenzen||Ventura High||Ventura||IA|