Alicia Brown will wear USD Coyote red

Alicia Brown will wear USD Coyote red
A year ago, the University of South Dakota women's basketball program brought in one half of the duo that led the Vermillion Tanagers to the 2007 Class A girls' basketball title.

Wednesday, Nov. 14, they got the other half.

Alicia Brown, one of the top prep athletes in the state of South Dakota, has signed a national letter of intent to attend USD and play women's basketball for the Coyotes. She joins Annie Roche, a 2007 Vermillion grad and a redshirt for the Coyotes this season.


In the past three years, Brown has helped the Tanagers to a 50-24 record and the school's first state title, which capped a 21-5 season in 2006-07. She has also been one of the state's best track and field performers, winning MVP honors at the 2006 state meet and taking the 400-meter dash title last season.

Jamie Parish, the head coach of the Tanagers and a former graduate assistant of USD head coach Chad Lavin, said that Brown "might be the best athlete that I have coached.

"In my time at USD, I worked with Heather Nelson, Stacy Schooley and Mandy Koupal, and they had more basketball ability," he said. "But in terms of athleticism, Alicia might be the best I've ever worked with."

Brown, a second-team all-state selection and two-time all-state tournament selection, averaged 16.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game as a junior.

"Her athleticism makes her very difficult to defend. She can take it to the basket, shoot the jumper and rebound," Parish said. "Defensively, she's got quick hands and can jump up and rebound."

Brown is fourth on Vermillion's all-time scoring charts with 854 points, is tied for fifth in career assists (146) and is tied for 13th in career rebounds (321). In her career, she has hit 43.9 percent from the field, including 39.8 percent from three-point range. She is also 78.8 percent from

the line.

Lavin, who announced earlier this season that he will retire at the end of the season, is happy to see Brown join the Coyotes.

"I think everybody in the Coyote family is excited that Alicia Brown is staying home to play for the Coyotes," he said. "She is one of the top two or three women's basketball prospects in South Dakota. Alicia is very athletic and will be an important addition to team.

"Her ability on the perimeter fits exactly what we will need as we move onto the next level," Lavin said. "Alicia has the ability to score multiple ways including taking the ball to the basket or shooting from the perimeter. She is a great addition to our

program."

Before Brown dons Coyote red, she has one more season with the Tanagers, a season Parish expects to be a special one.

"She's in a rare spot. Since she's been in high school, we've attended the state tournament each year," he said. "Hopefully we can make a fourth, if things go well."

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