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Rocky Mount's Brown among 3 to sign with ECU

Posted November 14, 2012

Jephany Brown, J’Kyra Brown and Akia Jones have signed National Letters of Intent to play basketball for East Carolina University beginning in the fall of 2013, according to an announcement by head coach Heather Macy on Wednesday.

“I am very pleased with our early signing class of Jephany Brown, J’Kyra Brown, and Akia Jones,” Macy stated. “With two ESPN Top 100 picks and a JUCO All-American, I think they will bring a lot of talent to our team in the coming season.”

Jephany Brown will come to ECU after playing at both La Lumiere School in La Porte, Ind., and Howard D. Woodson High School in Washington, D.C. At La Lumiere, Brown has played in just two games and already leads the squad with a 30-point performance to start the season and a 27-point showing in her second contest. At Woodson, she was regarded as the 14th best forward and garnered an overall ranking of 89th in the country by ESPN HoopGurlz. The aggressive 6-foot-0 power forward averaged a double-double in her senior year for the Warriors as she led the squad in scoring with 17.6 points per game and 12.1 rebounds per game. The Third-Team All-Met selection was an integral part in leading the Warriors to their seventh consecutive D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association title as well as a third City Title Game victory in five years.

“The adage ‘Good things come to those who wait’ proves true when it comes to placing Jephany on our roster next season,” Macy said. “Our continual recruiting of players from Woodson is paying off big. They are a powerhouse high school basketball program that consistently turns out some of the nation’s top talent.”

Joining Jephany Brown on the court for the 2013-14 season will be J’Kyra Brown, a 5-foot-10 guard out of Rocky Mount High School. Brown, a four-star recruit by ESPN HoopGurlz, was ranked the 32nd best guard in the country by the same source as she averaged nearly 15 points per game for the Gryphons as a sophomore. In her junior campaign, J’Krya Brown poured in 676 points to average 23.3 points per game. In addition, she averaged 6.1 rebounds per game, 3.3 steals per game, 3.2 assists per game and 1.2 blocks per game to lead her squad to a 26-3 record and a 10-0 league mark. At Rocky Mount High School, Brown plays under head coach Pam Gainey who is sure she will have a successful collegiate career at ECU.

“J’Kyra Brown is a special kid,” Gainey said. “She is extremely talented and one of the most dedicated athletes I have had the privilege of coaching. She works tirelessly to improve her game and is never bored with learning the smallest details. She is well liked and well respected by her peers and is a great teammate. It is truly an honor and a pleasure to have her call me coach.”

Macy is looking forward to Brown’s presence on the court at Minges Coliseum as she stated, “It’s always great when you can keep one of the best players in North Carolina at home. J’Kyra has had a tremendous high school career already, and we look for her to not miss a beat when she dons a Pirate uniform.”

Rounding out the early signing class is Akia Jones, a 5-foot-8 point guard who is currently redshirting at Walters State Community College in Morristown, Tenn. Jones played in 29 games as a sophomore at Walters State and finished the year with 287 points (9.9 points per game), 114 rebounds (3.9 rebounds per game), 86 assists (3.0 assists per game) and 32 steals (1.1 steals per game) en route to being named a Junior College All-America Honorable Mention selection. The Nashville, Tenn., native shot 35-percent from the floor and 38-percent from beyond the arc in her sophomore campaign.

Dave Kragel, Jones’ head coach at Walters State, is confident she will bring a wealth of experience and talent to East Carolina.

“She is something special,” Kragel said. “She’s a great kid and a great player. Kia has been an impact player for us and will do the same at ECU.”

Macy echoed Kragel’s sentiments as she stated, “We’ve seen Kia win championships, overcome adversity, and lead her team. She is the definition of a point guard and will bring even more strength to that spot for us.”


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