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Ivy Brown Named USA Today’s Kentucky Player of the Year

Posted on 24 April 2014 by Allen


Lady Topper Basketball signee Ivy Brown has been named the American Family Insurance USA Today Player of the Year from the state of Kentucky and a First Team All-State selection by USA Today, it was announced recently.

Brown starred at Hodgenville’s LaRue County High School. Brown averaged 24.4 points per game and 12.6 rebounds per game for the Lady Hawks as a senior. Brown owns the LaRue County career mark for career points, rebounds and steals.

She led LaRue County to a 24-7 record in 2013-14, including wins in 10 of the final 11 games of the season and an appearance in the Fifth Region Championship Game. Among the most notable moments of her final prep season was a Jan. 27, 2014 win over the top-ranked team in the state of Kentucky on the road, Elizabethtown, scoring 27 points, grabbing 19 rebounds and dishing out nine assists in the win.

It is no surprise that one of Kentucky’s finest will continue her playing career at WKU.

Some of WKU’s best teams have had a strong presence of Kentuckians. The 2014-15 team is expected to include at least five players from the Bluegrass State, including All-America candidate Chastity Gooch, a native of nearby Franklin. Homegrown talent has always enjoyed great success on the Hill. Four of top 10 scorers in program history were Kentucky Miss Basketball winners while eight of the top 10 scorers in program history are natives of the Bluegrass State. 24 of the 35 players that have scored 1,000 points or more in program history are natives of Kentucky.

Brown averaged 22.9 points, 10 rebounds, five steals and 3.5 assists per outing as a junior, ranking her among the top 10 scorers and top 15 rebounders in the state. She also shot over 50 percent from the field and hit 43 three-point field goals as she was named a First Team All-State performer by the Louisville Courier-Journal and Lexington Herald-Leader. Following the season, she was also named to the Kentucky Junior All-Star team.

As a sophomore, Brown led the Lady Hawks to a 17-11 record, averaging 19.4 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. She was named an Honorable Mention All-State selection by the Associated Press following the season. As a freshman, she helped the Lady Hawks reach the semifinals of the regional tournament and finish the season 27-4, winning the 2010 KME Classic at Trigg County over the holiday break.

Brown also excelled on the volleyball court, leading LaRue County to a 24-10 record in 2013 and an appearance in the semifinals of the regional tournament.

Earlier this week, Brown was named a First Team All-State selection by the Louisville Courier-Journal while fellow incoming freshman Shalika Smith of Glasgow was named a Second Team All-State selection by the Louisville Courier-Journal. The duo also earned the same honors from the Lexington Herald-Leader earlier this month while Brown was named the Lexington outlets’ statewide Player of the Year as well.

Brown and Smith are joined by Jaiveonna Norris (Chicago Heights, Ill.) and Tashia Brown (Lake Park, Ga.) in Lady Topper Basketball’s 2014 signing class.

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