Young selected AAU MVP

Published 12:54 am Saturday, July 28, 2012

JaMya Young, the 10-year-old daughter of Lacungra “Shay” Mingo and JueMichael Young, recently was selected Most Valuable Player of the 2012 5th Grade AAU Division II National Championships June 24-29 in Franklin, Tenn. after her team, the Ponchatoula Hurricanes won the championship 36-33 over the Dayton Lady Hoopsters.

The Hurricanes defeated the Tennessee Flight Select White 30-23, Alabama Southern Starz 51-18 and Jacksonville Lady Rams 59-28 in bracket play to advance to the final after going 3-0 in pool play.

Young averaged 16.3 points, nine rebounds, 5.3 assists and 3.3 steals per game in pool play. She scored 20 points against Tennessee and Alabama adding 12 rebounds, 10 assists and four blocks against the Southern Starz.

Her best performance was against Jacksonville where she poured in 34 points and had 12 rebounds. Young led the Hurricanes in the championship against Dayton with a 10 points, six rebounds and five assists.

The Hurricanes received gold medals and jackets and Young is also competing on Ponchatoula’s seventh grade team. Her sponsors are NECO and Mingo’s Trucking.

“This has been a wonderful experience for JaMya and she has represented Washington Parish with grace and dignity,” Mingo said.

Young is the granddaughter of Josephine Thomas and Mr. and Mrs. John Mingo and Keely Brown and the great granddaughter of Ms. Ruby Mingo and Evie Fields. She is a member of New Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Varnado and a student at Varnado High School.