When the Southeastern Conference introduces each team’s legend at the 2013 SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament this weekend in Duluth, Ga., few will have worked as hard or fought through as much as Kiesha Brown.
After arriving on campus as the high school consensus National Player of the Year, Brown suffered a knee injury eight games into her freshman season. Despite this Brown now reflects on the freshman year she spent creating entertaining free throw routines while her teammates practiced as one of the most positive experiences of her life.
Growing up many of us have all had the same dream of one day becoming a professional athlete. Scoring the overtime winner; nailing that home run in the bottom of the ninth; or landing that triple-double in a decisive game 7. For most people these scenarios only stay with us in our dreams, but for some, becoming a professional athlete is a reality and a part of everyday life. For Atlanta, Georgia native Kiesha Brown, her dreams of playing basketball came true through her hard work, determination and love for the game she grew up playing. A talented and driven ball player, Brown was the 1995 and ’96 Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Georgia and won the 1996 National Naismith Player of the Year along side current NBA superstar Kobe Bryant.
Shortly after graduating from the University of Georgia, Brown was ready for the pros and the WNBA, or so she thought. When realizing she was incapable of filling out her required W2 Form while entering the league, the business aspect of basketball and professional sports quickly set in triggering her mind at a fast pace. If she was unaware of how to properly fill out her form, how many other young adults were also in her position? How many teenagers and young children don’t know how to properly save and manage their money, or even start a business?
WNBA star Kiesha Brown passes on passion for basketball Kiesha Brown starred at Woodward Academy in College Park and went on to play basketball for the University of Georgia before embarking on a successful career internationally and in the WNBA.
She won the 1996 Naismith High School Player of the Year award - the same year Kobe Bryant took the honor playing at Lower Merion High School.