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There were high expectations when the New York Liberty traded for Tina Charles in April. But Charles is used to high expectations — and she is used to exceeding them. The Jamaica, Queens, native was a McDonald’s All-American in high school and in 2006 was named New York’s “Miss Basketball.” At the University of Connecticut she led the Huskies to two national titles and won the Naismith College Player of the Year award her senior year. The Connecticut Sun selected her with the first pick of the 2010 draft, and Charles went on to average at least 15 points and 10 rebounds per game in each of her first four years, winning the 2012 WNBA MVP along the way. There was no letdown when she returned to New York City this year. Charles averaged 17 points a game and led the WNBA in defensive rebounds and double-doubles. She has established herself as perhaps the most dominant inside force in the league. And she’s only 25.

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