After possibly making a decision too soon three years prior, J’Kyra Brown practiced patience this time around during her basketball recruitment.
Brown, a 2013 Rocky Mount High graduate who played last season at East Carolina, made it known in May that she would be transferring schools.
Six weeks later, Brown was a day away from picking up the phone and accepting an offer to play at Virginia Commonwealth.
Then the phone rang.
On the other end was Virginia coach Joanne Boyle, who invited her to visit the Charlottesville campus.
Friday afternoon, Boyle called and offered Brown a scholarship, which she accepted, ending a month and a half whirlwind for the talented guard.
“I wanted it to be a good decision, so I waited it out,” Brown said. “I was somewhat relieved because I’ve always wanted to play in the ACC. The best players in the country, that’s where most of them are.”
Brown averaged 5.9 points per game last season as a freshman for the Pirates.
She committed to East Carolina after her sophomore season at Rocky Mount.
At the time, Brown said the positives of playing in Greenville – having family nearby being able to come to games – outweighed waiting for more offers to come her way.
After a year at East Carolina that included twice being named Conference USA’s Freshman of the Week, Brown saw that the program was not the right fit for her.
She informed Pirates coach Heather Macy of her decision toward the
end of the academic year, leaving behind teammates who were upset at the move.
“There have been some tough days,” Brown said. “Some days were good. You never know how the second time around is going to be. I had to make the decision on my own.”
Brown will begin classes at Virginia next month.
Transfer rules require that she sits out the upcoming season, leaving her a full year to become acclimated with academic and basketball life with the Cavaliers.
Brown now has the opportunity to play in a league she always has dreamed about, well before she became Rocky Mount’s alltime leading scorer and the Telegram’s three-time All-Area Player of the Year.
She attented numerous games at Duke, watching former players like Jasmine Thomas and Joy Cheek.
Brown said she used to sit courtside and wonder what it would be like to play among the league’s talented players.
Now, she will have the chance to play in Cameron Indoor Stadium as part of the opposition as well as perform in her home state multiple times a season.
“It’s a blessing for me to be able to have this opportunity to play in the ACC,” Brown said. “It’s going to be hard work. I’m up for the challenge.”
Jessie H. Nunery can be reached at 407-9959 or jhnunery @rmtelegram.com