It doesn't happen often that a girl's high school basketball player signs with a D-1 program as a sophomore. Then again this former Kernel has proven she's not too young for anything.
South Dakota St. began recruiting Kerri Young as a freshman in high school. Now four years later she is showing why as a freshman on their campus while gaining respect from the upper classmen.
"Kerri is really good and she came in really good which is exciting. We were able to use her right away, which is rare, but it was good for us. She's a great person and it is fun to be her teammate. She works so hard and basketball just comes so naturally," SDSU Senior Steph Paluch said.
Her natural ability is one reason the transition from the Corn Palace in Mitchell to Frost Arena in Brookings has gone as smooth as he jump shot.
"Making the transition from high school to college I have had a lot of help from the players. Getting to travel a lot wasn't something that I was use to, which has been fun. Playing good teams is something I have always looked forward to. It's been really fun so far," SDSU Freshman Kerri Young said.
Young left Mitchell as the school's all time leading scorer. Through her first 21 games this season she is third in scoring and on top of the list in her first five Summit League games averaging over 12 points per contest which is what he coach expects.
"He has always told me to go out and be assertive, not to be a passive player," Young said.
"I told Kerri many times while recruiting her that when she comes here we're not going to teach her how to play because she already has that figured out. We need to help her understand how to play at a high level against this competition," SDSU Women's Head coach Aaron Johnston said.
Already Young has played against national powerhouses such as Stanford, Notre Dame, and Penn St. It was those games that prepared her for her career high 23 point outing against NDSU.
"Now that she has gone through some of the top teams in the country she is starting to believe in what she can do as a player. As we get her going and get her confidence to where it needs to be she is going to be special," Johnston said.
Mitchell senior Macy Miller will reunite with Young next season in Brookings, which is where the Jackrabbits will host Denver this Thursday night.