Antiesha Brown of Clovis made it official Wednesday. After verbally committing to play college basketball for Texas Tech early in the summer, Brown signed a letter-of-intent to be a Red Raider at Clovis High School.
“She was excited and her family was excited. I made a joke to her dad, telling him that his wallet could stay a little more full now,” Clovis girls basketball coach Jeff Reed said.
Not only is Brown, a 5-foot, 10-inch senior, staying relatively close to home, she’s receiving a full-ride scholarship to play at Tech.
In high school ball, Brown generally plays the post position for the Wildcats. In college, Reed feels like she’ll have to transition to becoming a backcourt player.
“I think she’ll bring some good athleticism over there, although they’re all good athletes, and I think she’ll bring a good mid-range jumper,” Reed said. “She probably needs to develop more ball-handling and a better three-point shot before she gets there, and they’re probably going to have to bulk her up a little bit.
“She’ll have to get bigger physically because, right now, she’s pretty skinny,” the Clovis coach added. “She’s a good athlete, but you’re going to be hammered and pushed and shoved and everything else over there.”
Brown. who averaged 17 points, 6.7 rebounds and four steals as a junior, enters the 2009-10 season with a chance to catch former ‘Cat Brittany Blackmon for all-time scoring honors at the school. Brown, who scored 505 points a year ago, is 521 behind Blackmon.
At the moment, Brown is still a volleyball player as she’s Clovis’ top hitting threat entering the Class 5A state tournament.
“Hopefully, she’ll be nice and relaxed and on a big high,” Wildcats’ volleyball coach Darrel Ray said. “She was hitting the ball like crazy this morning (in practice) — she was out of this world.”
Reed hopes Brown’s energy will translate into positive results for his team when she gets on the hardwood next week
“Antiesha is a tremendous athlete who possesses a mid-range game that sets her apart on the perimeter,” Texas Tech coach Kristi Curry said in a press release Wednesday on the school’s Web site. “We love her work ethic and the personality she brings on a daily basis to all her endeavors. We feel like she has a tremendous upside and her best is ahead of her as a player.”
Tech also signed 6-0 post Kelsi Baker of Mesquite, Texas, 6-5 post Haley Schneider of Lubbock Monterey and 6-2 post Ebony Walker of Albuquerque Sandia on Wednesday.
Tech finished 16-15 last season.