Tapre Young could have several options in terms of her basketball career if things continue in the direction they've been going this summer.

Tapre Young could have several options in terms of her basketball career if things continue in the direction they've been going this summer.

Now in her third season as a captain on the Columbus Hidden Gems semi-professional team, the 2004 Dublin Scioto High School graduate is one of the top outside shooters in the Women's Blue Chip Basketball League.

At 5-foot-11, Young averages more than 15 points and has been shooting better than 50 percent from 3-point range.

That combination could make her an attractive possibility for overseas teams looking for players for their seasons, which begin in the fall.

"I haven't played anywhere overseas, but hopefully I will after this season," Young said. "I really wouldn't mind playing in Spain, France or anywhere in Europe. I'd even consider Australia. Any time you can get paid for what you do, it's a good thing."

If Young is unable to land a professional contract, she has an offer to serve as an assistant coach for the Talladega (Ala.) College women's team.

After graduating from Scioto, Young played two seasons for Muskingum and two seasons for Salem International, a Division II school in Salem, W.Va.

She then served one season as a student-assistant coach and graduated from Talladega College.

Young, who celebrated her 25th birthday June 26, is one of seven players on the Hidden Gems who are central Ohio natives.

"(The Women's Blue Chip League) is good competition, especially when you get to nationals," Young said. "I like the fact that you get an opportunity to play and it gives you the opportunity to get looked at overseas. It's a chance to showcase your talents."

After getting off to a 2-0 start, the Hidden Gems were 3-4 after losing to the Cleveland Crush 84-74 on June 25.

On Saturday, July 2, Columbus will play host to the Oakland-Macomb Run from Oakland, Mich., in a Northeast Division game. The Hidden Gems lost to the Run 87-67 on June 5 but won a rematch 97-85 on June 12.

The Hidden Gems play their home games at Lazelle Woods Recreation Center in north Columbus near Worthington.

The roles of Young and co-captain Lorrie Poindexter, a 2003 Beechcroft graduate in her second year playing for Columbus, are more extensive than a year ago when former Ohio State player Brandie Hoskins and former Bowling Green player Niki McCoy were among the key players.

Jeannie Saunders, who also was a captain a year ago, has been out with an injury but could return in July.

Saunders and 2006 Delaware graduate Ashleigh Brown, who has played limited minutes with the Hidden Gems this season because of other commitments, recently signed extensions to play for a team in Sweden in the fall. Jamika Banks, a Fort Wayne, Ind., native who also was expected to play for Columbus, currently is playing in Australia.

Catherine Cain, a Dayton native, has been averaging 19 points and 12 rebounds.

Jessica Slack, a Thornville Sheridan graduate, averages 13 points.

The other central Ohio natives on the Hidden Gems are 1999 Brookhaven graduate Ebony Pegues, 2001 Mifflin graduate Sherrie Griffin, 2006 Africentric graduate Janicia Anderson and 2003 Walnut Ridge graduate Tina Huff.

Columbus has three games remaining in the regular season before competing in the regional tournament in late July in Flint, Mich.

The national tournament will be held Aug. 6-7 in Atlanta.

Poindexter will begin her third season this winter as the girls basketball coach at Walnut Ridge.

"I think everything is going OK," said Poindexter, who is averaging 14 points and five assists. "We're a whole new team really and we've just got to work together better. We're better than the teams that have beaten us. We don't have any superstars this year. Our team has a whole lot of heart and we just have to keep our team chemistry. By the time we get to Atlanta, we'll be fine."