Sunday, May 13, 2012

Brown Transfers to Tilton

Another talented basketball player from the NHIAA has committed to transfer to a prep school for next year. Kelsey Brown is a long, athletic wing player who can shoots the basketball very well for a a six-footer. She can also put the ball on the floor and drive to the rim and score inside over smaller guards. That versatility makes her a tough match up for defenders and an intriguing prospect for college coaches.

Brown was injured early on this past winter during her junior season at Oyster River. When she returned the team never really gelled together, and ended up finishing 7-11 before falling in the first round of the playoffs to top-seeded Hollis-Brookline. Brown is hoping a change of scenery will do her good, as she was recently accepted into the Tilton School, where she will enroll in the fall. She will repeat her junior season next year and reclassify to the Class of 2014.

"I'm excited to have her" said Tilton head coach Tara Brisson. "She has good size at the guard position and a lot of upside. She can already shoot the ball well, and we practice against guys 5 days a week so we're a physical team which will also help her."

Tilton is definitely one of the more competitive prep school programs in the area on the girls side. Behind local players like Alex Cohen (committed to Manhattan), Kaley Marston (committed to Brandeis) and Savanna Butterfield (committed to Merrimack) the Rams won the NEPSAC Class C championship in 2011, and in 2012 they moved up to Class B and made it to the finals.

With Marston, Butterfield and Massachusetts native Daisy Jordan (committed to Dartmouth) all graduating, the window is definitely open for Brown to step in and make an impact right away. Brown is currently having a productive AAU season, running with the NE Crusader Black team, which is loaded with local talent. Others on the team include Aliza Simpson from Londonderry, Rachel Collins, McKenzie Brown and Ali Glennon from Bedford and Windham's Clairee Putnam.

A transfer to Tilton will give her an extra year to develop as a player and gain exposure. Brown and Cohen grew up playing together, and now they will be teammates once again next season at Tilton.

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