TWU Spartans top recruit named best player in British Columbia

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by Scott Stewart

March 7, 2014, LANGLEY, British Columbia (ISN) – Future Trinity Western University women’s basketball player Jessie Brown (Langley) was named the No. 1 high school girls basketball player in British Columbia this week by The Province newspaper.

“It’s been really exciting reading the articles and print about Jessie. I think it’s deserved and she has definitely proven why she has been such a valuable asset to her team and why we are looking forward to her becoming a Spartan,” commented TWU head coach Cheryl Jean-Paul. “This is a great step forward for our program and we’re hoping a sign of many good things to come.”

The future TWU student tops the list that includes: Aislinn Konig (5-9, G, Langley-Brookswood, 10), Lauren Yearwood (6-3,P,Victoria-Oak Bay, 11) and Tayla Jackson (6-2, P, Langley-Brookswood, 11).

Brown, who will join the Spartans in the fall of 2014, has led her vaunted Brookswood side to the final at the BC high school girls AAA provincial championship at the Langley Events Centre. The Bobcats will play against Victoria’s Oak Bay Saturday night for the provincial crown.

With the 5-foot-8 Brown joining already signed forward Tessa Ratzlaff (Aldergrove, B.C.), the Spartans are well on their way to building their most decorated recruiting class in recent memory.

Brown, who will graduate in 2014 and was a 1st Team All-Star at last year’s B.C. “AAA” provincial championship, comes to TWU with an impressive résumé and a 3-point shot that is amongst the best in the province.

Outside of high school, Brown recently helped B.C.’s U-17 provincial team, which had Jean-Paul as an assistant coach, to a silver medal at the 2013 Canada Summer Games. Prior to that, she helped B.C.’s U-15 provincial team to bronze medals at both the 2010 and 2011 national championships.

With the Spartans, Brown will join former Brookswood teammate Luca Schmidt and former Team B.C. teammate Kayla Gordon.

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