June 3, 2013
GREENVILLE, N.C. - J'Kyra Brown, who signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to play basketball and attend East Carolina University last November, has been named the Player of the Year by the North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association (NCBCA) after completing an outstanding senior season at Rocky Mount High School.
"I am honored to be chosen as the NCBCA Player of the Year," Brown said. "I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of my coaches, family and friends, especially my high school coach, Pam Gainey. I am extremely excited and looking forward to playing for Coach [Heather] Macy and her staff at ECU."
Brown garnered the honors of top player in the state of North Carolina after finishing her prep career as the all-time leading scorer in Rocky Mount girls' basketball history (1,665 career points), while averaging 25.0 points per game, 6.3 rebounds per game, 3.5 steals per game with 19 blocks in her senior year. The 5-foot-10 guard is regarded as a four-star recruit by ESPN HoopGurlz and was ranked the 32nd best guard in the country by the same source after playing only three years of prep basketball due to an injury her freshman year.
"So much hard work and focus went into J'Kyra winning this award," Coach Macy said. "I am thrilled that J'Kyra received this very deserving honor."
In addition to being named NCBCA Player of the Year, Brown will also be competing in the North Carolina East/West All-Star Game Monday, July 22, at 6:30 p.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum.