By Jerry Del Priore
At six-foot-two-inches, Brooklyn’s Adams Street Academy’s Ayanna Brown can do more than most big-bodied female centers.
Sure, the senior can rebound, block and change the direction of shots with the best of them in the PSAL. But she can also general the floor and has a decent, and improving, outside shot, which helped her rack up points for the Lady Eagles in the 2017-18 hoops year.
Last season, Brown averaged 14.60 points per game in 15 tilts (219 total), and scored 8.33 ppg in three playoff contests.
In addition, she averaged 12.20 boards per tilt (183 total) and displayed a genuine leadership quality that guided her squad to a 15-1 record and three rounds of post-season action, losing to eventual champs, John Jay Campus, in the 2017-18 campaign.
The Bedford Stuyvesant native’s on-court productivity hasn’t gone unnoticed. She has a number of colleges vying for hoops services, including National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I schools such as Monroe College (New York) and Trinity Valley Community College (Texas), according to Adams Street coach Elana Greene.
However, Brown said she isn’t partial to one specific school, just looking for a college where she can play high-level basketball while getting a full ride.
“No, not in particular,” said Brown, who’d like to study sociology and become a social worker one day. “I just want a full scholarship to a Division I school.
So far during the pre-season, Brown has been playing well at the Alfred E. Smith Pre-season High School Girls Tournament on Manhattan’s Lower Eastside. She drained a game-high 19 points in week three action and followed that up with another contest-leading output of 11 in week four.
In the midst of her continuous solid pre-season play, Brown, who plays AAU ball for Coach Barney Davis’ Mika team, is chomping at the bit to tipoff the PSAL campaign.
Moreover, she went as far as predicting that the Lady Eagles will win the Girls’ B Conference title this campaign.
“I’m ready to go right into the season, and start working hard,” she said. “We have a really good chance to go far. We’re taking the Chip.”
Adams Street will commence the regular season by visiting Brooklyn Collaborative Studies on Wednesday, December 5 at 4:30 p.m.