One of the Western Kentucky women’s basketball team’s top priorities in the 2014 recruiting class is LaRue County junior Ivy Brown.
Brown, a 6-foot-2-inch guard, is averaging 22.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per game for the Lady Hawks (9-3).
I had the chance to watch Brown in person Thursday during LaRue County’s 63-27 win over Bardstown. In that win, she had 22 points, 13 rebounds, four steals, two blocks and two assists.
“I kind of feel like I’m an all-around player,” Brown said. “I can shoot, and if I have to, I can post up. I’d rather shoot the ball, but I can play in the post.”
One night later, Brown totaled 25 points and 14 rebounds in a 63-50 district win Friday over Green County. Brown averaged 19.4 points and 9.6 rebounds last season as a sophomore.
On the AAU circuit, Brown plays almost strictly as a shooting guard, she said. Kentucky Premier AAU coach David Tapley said Brown sometimes even brings the ball up the court for his squad.
Brown has about 25-foot range from behind the arc, Tapley said.
“She can do a little bit of everything,” LaRue County coach Travis Wootton said. “She can shoot the 3, she can post it up, she handles it pretty well and defensively, she’s already our all-time steals leader.”
Brown plays the top of the Lady Hawks’ press, where she creates many deflections and steals.
“She just creates havoc at the top of that,” Wootton said. “You’ve got to have a couple really good ball-handlers to work around it at the top. She makes it tough on people.”
There are about 15 teams recruiting Brown heavily, Wootton said.
Brown said her leaders right now are likely Western Kentucky, Middle Tennessee, Butler, Belmont and Lipscomb. Dayton is also involved, according to Wootton.
“I’m just trying to keep an open mind so far,” Brown said.
Tapley has been told by WKU coaches that Brown is one of their top priorities, he said.
Brown texts from time to time with WKU freshman guard Micah Jones, who faced Brown in several district matchups during her time at Green County.
Brown also chats on Twitter with WKU coach Michelle Clark-Heard, she said, and talks on the phone with Heard every two or three weeks. She hasn’t made a visit yet to the school.
“I really like her so far,” Brown said. “I haven’t been able to see her in coaching action, but she’s really nice off the court. I like her a lot.”
I’ll have a more in-depth look at the Lady Toppers’ recruiting efforts next week in the print edition.