Ivy Brown on signing with WKU: ‘They had always been there’

LaRue County guard Ivy Brown shoots last season against Green County at LCHS. Brown officially signed with WKU on Wednesday. (Neal Cardin, Elizabethtown News-Enterprise/Special to the Daily News)

LaRue County guard Ivy Brown shoots last season against Green County at LCHS. Brown officially signed with WKU on Wednesday. (Neal Cardin, Elizabethtown News-Enterprise/Special to the Daily News)

I had the chance to speak earlier with LaRue County senior guard Ivy Brown, who officially signed with Western Kentucky today.

Here is Brown’s bio from WKU’s official release:

Ivy Brown, a leading candidate for Kentucky Miss Basketball for 2013-14, led LaRue County to a 27-6 record last season, reaching the finals of the 5th Region Tournament before falling to eventual state champions Marion County. It was the first time in school history that LaRue County had advanced to the regional championship game.

Brown is currently rated as a four-star recruit and ranked 73rd in the nation in the espnW 100, compiled by HoopGurlz Recruiting Rankings.

Brown averaged 22.9 points, 10 rebounds, five steals and 3.5 assists per outing as a junior, ranking her among the top 10 scorers and top 15 rebounders in the state. She also shot over 50 percent from the field and hit 43 three-point field goals as she was named a First Team All-State performer by the Louisville Courier-Journal and Lexington Herald-Leader.

Following the season, she was also named to the Kentucky Junior All-Star team.

As a sophomore, Brown led the Lady Hawks to a 17-11 record, averaging 19.4 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. She was named an Honorable Mention All-State selection by the Associated Press following the season. As a freshman, she helped the Lady Hawks reach the semifinals of the regional tournament and finish the season 27-4, winning the 2010 KME Classic at Trigg County over the holiday break.

Entering her senior season, she is at the top of the LaRue County career list for rebounds (1,227) and steals (504), while ranking second in career points (2,186). She has helped LaRue County to a 68-21 record over the last three seasons.

Brown has also excelled on the volleyball court, leading LaRue County to a 24-10 record in 2013 and an appearance in the semifinals of the regional tournament.

Brown chose WKU over Kentucky, Middle Tennessee and Tennessee Tech.

You can read some of WKU coach Michelle Clark-Heard’s comments about Brown here, and comments from Brown are available below:

IVY BROWN

Signing her letter of intent: “I’m definitely excited about being an official Topper and having the title, I guess, and coach Heard being able to talk about it. It’s an exciting feeling, and it gets me ready for next year.”

WKU being able to discuss her recruitment now: “She can tell me as much as I want, but to hear her say it to someone other than myself feels good. I’ve always had a close relationship with her, and now that she can tell other people about it, it’s great.”

The fact that WKU has been recruiting her for long time: “That was actually something I really liked. They weren’t coming into the picture at the last minute like some other schools. They had always been there, even – since she’s been there, and (coach Mary Taylor) Cowles was even recruiting me, too. To know they’ve always stuck with me is a good feeling for the future.”

WKU recruiting local players: “I think it’s a good thing. We have a lot of good Kentucky players. Not only does it help with the team, but it helps with attendance and stuff like that, and it’s always fun to play in front of a big crowd. I think the more she recruits from Kentucky, the better.”

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