Sahuaro High School senior-to-be Alyssa Brown, the Arizona Gatorade Player of the Year, has picked up eight Division I scholarship offers, including one this week from UC Santa Barbara.
The other schools to offer her a scholarship are Grand Canyon, NAU, Elon, St. John’s, Bethune-Cookman, Hampton and Maryland-Baltimore County.
— Alyssa Brown (@alyssajb_23) March 10, 2020
“It’s been a long recruiting process; both of my parents have helped out with that. We talk almost every day about it,” Brown said during the All Sports Tucson High School Sports Preview Show this week at Frog & Firkin.
“I plan to make my decision this fall after playing this summer and travel a little bit more. I want to take my visits right after summer. I’m going to make my decision after I take all five of my (official) visits and try to soak up as much information that I can. “
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Brown, a 6-foot-1 talent who can dribble the ball up the court, post up and shoot from the perimeter, averaged 31.1 points and 9.7 rebounds a game leading Sahuaro to the Class 4A state championship game two weeks ago.
She set a state record for all classifications with 932 points this season and has 2,094 in her career.
State Season Scoring Leaders: Girls
Bold italicized names from Southern Arizona
1 Alyssa Brown, Sahuaro (932) 2019-20
2 Brittney Strummer, Coronado (929) 2005-2006
3 Amy Patton, McClintock (902) 2008-2009
4 Kayla MacKenzie, Raymond Kellis (892) 2008-2009
5 Brooke Jackson, Mesa Mountain View (849) 2005-2006
6 Najiyyah Pack, South Mountain (848) 2015-2016
7 Olivia Snyder, Green Fields (821) 2012-2013
8 Desirae Gonzalez, Kingman (802) 2014-2015
T9 Michaela Ramirez, Salt River (780) 2009-2010
T9 Paula Pyers, Santa Rita (780) 1983-1984
With one more full season ahead, she has the opportunity to become the first player — boys or girls — from Southern Arizona to reach 3,000 points in a career.
“Me staying humble has a lot to do with high school, definitely it’s my plan to play and give it all I got, but I’m kind of looking at the bigger picture so when I am past high school and I play in college, I think that helps a lot,” Brown said of not being distracted by her success.
“My dad continuously is like, ‘We’re not finished yet.’ He’s proud of me but he always reminding me to stay hungry and do what I have to do. Coach (Steve Botkin) and I talk in his office all the time throughout the day. We talk about goals. We talk about my accomplishments, his goals for me, his plan for me.”
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
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