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Sahuaro High School’s Alyssa Brown Receives First Scholarship Offer from Power 5 School — Colorado


Sahuaro High School standout Alyssa Brown, the Arizona Gatorade Player of the Year, has a growing list of 14 Division I schools that have offered her a scholarship.

Colorado, a Pac-12 rival of Arizona, became No. 14 tonight — and the first from a Power 5 school to extend an offer to the versatile 6-foot-1 Brown. The Class of 2021 recruit, who can dribble the ball up the court, shoot from the perimeter and bang inside, is coming off a season in which she broke the state record with 932 points.

Houston, of Conference USA, offered her a scholarship earlier today.

The list of those who have now offered:

  • Colorado
  • Houston
  • UTEP
  • UNLV
  • UC Riverside
  • UC Santa Barbara
  • Grand Canyon
  • NAU
  • Elon
  • St. John’s
  • Bethune-Cookman
  • Long Island U.
  • Hampton
  • Maryland-Baltimore County

Brown, who has mentioned that she wants to make her decision in the fall, will likely see the list grow throughout the summer. Princeton, Pepperdine, New Mexico, Nevada, Washington State and TCU have also shown interest.

A player from the Tucson area has played for Colorado before — former Marana standout Jamee Swan, who was named to the Buffaloes’ All-Decade team (2010-19) earlier this year.

Alyssa Brown (Sahuaro photo)

Swan, a post player who played at Colorado from 2012-16, received All-Pac-12 honorable mention twice. She ranks seventh in Colorado history in rebounds (772) and 21st in points (1,245) and posted 14 career double-doubles. After becoming a starter as a junior, she averaged 13.4 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.

Brown is at 2,094 career points, which puts her at No. 6 for all of Southern Arizona players and No. 25 statewide. She has the opportunity as a senior in 2020-21 to become the first player from Southern Arizona — boy or girl — to eclipse 3,000 career points and break the state scoring record in the process.

Former Catalina Foothills and Arizona standout Julie Brase, Lute Olson’s granddaughter, holds the state record with 2,913 points. An epic season of more than 820 points would give Brown the top spot.

Southern Arizona Career Scoring Leaders: Girls

1 Julie Brase, Catalina Foothills (2,913) 1994-1998
2 Alexis Cortez, Tucson (2,479) 2012-2016
3 Olivia Snyder, Green Fields (2,382) 2009-2013
4 Sydni Stallworth, Palo Verde (2,182) 2011-2015
5 Shawn Coder, Willcox (2,162) 1986-1990
6 Alyssa Brown, Sahuaro (2,094) 2017-Present
7 Paula Pyers, Santa Rita (2,082) 1980-1984
8 Taneisha Gossett, Flowing Wells (2,043) 1990-1994

Arizona Career Scoring Leaders: Girls

1 Julie Brase, Catalina Foothills (2,913) 1994-1998
2 Kayla Pedersen, Red Mountain (2,611) 2003-2007
3 Christina Wirth, Seton Catholic (2,550) 2001-2005
4 Ashley Wirtzberger, Yuma Catholic/Gila Bend (2,505) 2006-2010
5 Alexis Cortez, Tucson (2,479) 2012-2016
6 Nicole Powell, Mountain Pointe (2,478) 1996-2000
7 Shaylee Gonzales, Mesquite (2,385) 2014-2018
8 Olivia Snyder, Green Fields (2,382) 2009-2013
9 Alyssa Wahl, Cibola (2,366) 1999-2003
10 Wendy Woudenberg, Scottsdale Christian (2,295) 2001-2005
11 Haley Cavinder, Gilbert (2,282) 2016-2019
12 Marie Folsom, Corona del Sol (2,270) 1990-1994
13 Desirae Gonzalez, Kingman (2,255) 2012-2016
14 Brooke Jackson, Mesa Mountain View (2,250) 2003-2007
15 Lindsey VanAllen, Mesquite (2,249) 2014-2018
16 Janae Gonzales, Sierra Linda (2,204) 2014-2018
17 Hanna Cavinder, Gilbert (2,191) 2016-2019
18 Dymond Simon, St. Mary’s (2,189) 2002-2006
19 Sydni Stallworth, Palo Verde (2,182) 2011-2015
20 Shawn Coder, Willcox (2,162) 1986-1990
21 Amy Showers, Camp Verde (2,161) 2001-2005
22 Bryce Nixon, Arcadia (2,122) 2014-2018
23 Najiyyah Pack, South Mountain (2,119) 2012-2016
24 Sonia Bribiescas, Superior (2,109) 1984-1988
25 Alyssa Brown, Sahuaro (2,094) 2017-Present
26 Paula Pyers, Santa Rita (2,082) 1980-1984
27 Theresa Wirth, Seton Catholic (2,080) 2007-2010
28 Kalie Matthes, O’Connor (2,068) 2008-2012
29 Camille Zimmerman, Tempe Prep (2,054) 2010-2014
30 Taneisha Gossett, Flowing Wells (2,043) 1990-1994
31 Taylor Chavez, Valley Vista (2,012) 2014-2018


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