High 5 4 Kids: Amari Young

High 5 4 Kids: Amari Young

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - This week's "High 5 4 Kids" goes to a a young lady, who may be the next Lisa Leslie. Amari Young is a dynamic athlete and an academic scholar pushing her way to the top.

It's a passion like no other.

"I used to like to play soccer more than basketball and then I started playing travel basketball. So I got more interested in it," said Amari Young.

Amari Young is a 16-year-old basketball star at North Augusta High.

"8th grade I got best offensive player," Young said. "9th grade I got all region player and this year I made all-state player of the year and Augusta player of the year. This year I made the Augusta sports player."

"It's really interesting that people see something in me and it's really exciting that people see something in me," said Young.

Young plays for an All Star travel basketball team, the South Carolina Seventy-Sixers.

"We travel a lot of places and get to play in a lot of different competitions," Young said. "So, it helps me see different competitions in different states and it help me strengthen my skills."

Young said her motivation comes from her family.

"My grandfather and my uncle, my dad and they always make me try different things," Young said. "I probably wouldn't be doing as much if they didn't push me as hard as they did."

Her hard work has gotten her far, she said that she's determined to continue to make every practice and game count.

"I have an end goal and I want a scholarship. So, I just have to keep pushing myself until it's over," said Young.

After high school, Young plans to play on a college level and eventually go into the medical field.

She said right now she's not sure which school she'll attend. But she's hoping her skills land her an athletic scholarship.

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