Hoover's Brown signs with Rio

Herbert Hoover High's Emily Brown signs with the
RedStorm as her parents and Rio assistant coach
Brandon Bias look on.

Rio Grande Sports Information

FALLING ROCK, W.Va.  University of Rio Grande women's basketball coach David Smalley has announced the signing of Herbert Hoover High School's Emily Brown for the 2014-2015 season.

Brown, a 6-foot-5 post player, has been a force in the paint for head coach Greg Ullman's Huskies, who finished the 2012-2013 regular season with a 12-11 record after a 47-38 sectional tournament loss to Poca.

"I am so excited about signing with the University of Rio Grande," Brown said. "Getting the opportunity to get a fantastic education and the ability to continue to play basketball is icing on the cake."

Brown is coming off her first season as a full-time starter for Hoover.

"Basketball is a fairly new sport for me. I just started playing in the 8th grade but ever since I picked up the ball I knew that this is what I wanted to do," Brown said. "The opportunity to play while getting my degree is a great opportunity for me. The lessons I will learn will serve me throughout my life."

Second-year Rio assistant coach Brandon Bias was ecstatic to bring some size to the squad.

"Emily is someone we feel can strengthen what we've brought in for the 2013-2014 season," Bias said. "She's what you would refer to as 'raw talent' and she could really transition into something special with the size she brings to the table. I feel that her best basketball is ahead of her."

Brown, who plans to major in Accounting, elected to sign with the RedStorm despite also drawing interest from Geneva College, West Virginia Wesleyan and Hollins University.

When asked about her first visit to Rio Grande and what led to her choosing the school, Brown was very emphatic in her answer.

"It felt like home," Brown said. "I could actually picture myself there!"

Brown admitted she needed to develop as a player, but she also added that she wants to be a part of something special.

"My ultimate goal is to improve as a player and contribute to the team any way I possibly can," Brown said. "I feel like I bring a passion for the game and a true sportsmanlike mentality. I hope to be part of a championship team. "

Brown is the daughter of Dale and Angela Brown of Elkview, W.Va.