Young's Destiny: Old Dominion

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Byline: John Leusch jleusch@dailyherald.com

Destinee Young was only 3 when she would head to the gymnasium with her father, Darrell.

"I would watch him shoot," Destinee remembers. "After a couple of times, I picked it up and started shooting like him."

Young has been shooting, and rebounding, the rest of her life.

And doing it as well as anyone in the northwest suburbs.

So well, that the Hoffman Estates' 6-foot-1 senior forward has made a verbal commitment to Old Dominion in Norfolk, Va.

In 42 years of women's basketball, the Lady Monarchs are 940-346 with 25 appearances in the NCAA tournament, the last in 2008.

There are currently no players from Illinois on the Old Dominion roster.

"I always envisioned myself playing Division 1," said Young, who averaged 15 points and 11 rebounds for coach Mike Nocella's Hawks as a junior. "Once I got serious and committed to the sport, I took it very seriously. The school even made a saying for me that said "D Young going D-1".

And she will be going to a school she fell in love with.

"I loved the coaches, and the surroundings," Young said. "I also felt like I connected with the team. Plus the fan support is amazing and everything felt right."

Opposing defenses always felt Young is one to stop.

She drew a lot of extra attention last year but that hardly stopped her from scoring a team-high 439 points and grabbing 307 rebounds) with 2 assists and 1 steal per game as a junior.

Young shot 49 percent from the floor and was the top rebounder in the Mid-Suburban West with 109. …