MADISON, Wis. -- Avyanna Young, a 6-foot-1 forward from Milwaukee, has joined the Wisconsin women’s basketball team, head coach Bobbie Kelsey announced Thursday. Young played two years with the Milwaukee Panthers and will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2014-15 season due to NCAA transfer rules.
“We are very happy to welcome Avyanna Young to our program,” Kelsey said. “She is an aggressive scorer and rebounder who will anchor us at the forward position. She can also stretch the defense with her ability to shoot from deep.
“Avyanna has made tremendous improvement in her game since entering college and she will no doubt continue to reach her athletic potential in her final two years of eligibility. In addition to her scoring prowess, she is also a conscientious student. We are very excited for her to be a Badger.”
Young started 29 of 30 games for the Panthers as a sophomore, ranking third on the team with 13.3 points per game. She scored in double figures in 21 games, including four games with 20-or-more points. The forward scored a career-high 36 points vs. Valparaiso on Feb. 1, shooting 15-of-19 (.789) from the field. Young was named the Horizon League Co-Player of the Week for her play.
Young led UWM and ranked second in the Horizon League with 9.8 rebounds per game, pulling down 10-or-more boards in 17 games. She had a career-best 18 boards at Wright State on March 12. Her rebounding prowess gave her a team-best 15 double-doubles on the season.
As a freshman, Young started two games, averaging 4.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.
A first-team all-state honoree at Rufus King High School, Young averaged 17.1 points, 10.1 rebounds and 2.8 steals per game in leading the Generals to a state runner-up showing in 2012 in the Kohl Center.
Young joins NLI signees Roichelle Marble and Cayla McMorris as well as transfer Rosie Gambino in the Badgers’ class of 2014.