• Special to the Leader & Times
Heidi Brown signed her letter of intent Thursday to play for the Kansas State University Lady Wildcats basketball team next year.
“Heidi is a very exciting player to watch. Her hard work and her dedication are hard to match,” Lady Wildcat head coach Deb Patterson said.
Brown has great offensive skills. She scored 1,040 points over a four-year career at Southwestern Heights with a 51.1 percent shooting percentage. Brown shot 47.6 percent her senior year from the three-point line. She ended her high school career as the leading free throw shooter with 80.7 percent.
Brown was asked to play point guard her senior year. Not only did she maintain her ability to score, but she averaged 6.2 assists per game.
“Heidi has the ability to play all five positions on the court”, Lady Mustang coach Barry Mellen said. “She never cared about the position she had to play, she just wanted the team to win.”
Brown helped lead the Lady Mustangs to 83-8 over her four-year career earning the State Championship trophy in 2009.
Brown was also a defensive stand out. In most games she was assigned to guard the opponent’s best player. She has the ability to anticipate where the player is going and beat her to that spot.
Brown always dreamed of playing at the Division I basketball. She understands the commitment she is making. Some players will sign to play college basketball, and then they start working hard that next summer. But, Brown has been spending each summer for the past six years to get to that level. Her summer schedule would start at 6:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. in the weight room, then from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. in open gym. She would come back to the open gym from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., then play in summer league starting at 6 p.m. with basketball, volleyball, or work on her javelin.
This past season Brown was selected to KBCA, Topeka, and Wichita All-State teams. She has been Unanimous HPL All-League three straight years, and she has been selected to play in the KBCA All-Star Game, which features the top 24 basketball girls in Kansas, in Topeka Aug 4.
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