ming to Division I ball, everybody is big. I have to use my jumping ability.”
Budke doesn’t have to tell Riley or Cunningham to shoot. They walk into the gym with their arms cocked. Not so with Young.
"I’ve never had to beg a kid to shoot the ball as much in my life as I do her,” Budke said.
Georgia’s scoring is not top-heavy. The Bulldogs’ top six players average between 12.7 and 6.5 points. OSU has more firepower with Riley and Cunningham, but if one of them is off, Cowgirl efficiency takes a plunge. Young can offset that.
Young is the kind of athlete Budke needs to elevate the program. Supremely talented, yet skilled as well. The kind of athlete needed to combat Georgia’s 6-foot-5 Angel Robinson and 6-foot-2 Porsha Phillips, who are ferocious rebounders.
"She’s a great scorer,” Cunningham said of Young. "If you look at her last few games, she’s really stepped it up. We need that from someone else, because it’s not always going to come from me and Dre.
"It’s great. She’s only a freshman, so just imagine the progress she’s going to make in the next few years. She’s going to be a great player.”