In the middle of a gym full of friends and family, Choctawhatchee senior Brittany Brown signed her National Letter of Intent to play for the next four years at Florida State University, ending a recruitment that included offers from the top women’s basketball programs in the country.
“This is amazing,” said Brown of Friday’s ceremony. “To have all these people out here to support me, I am truly blessed.”
Brown’s signing came after a six-month commitment to FSU, which Brown made when she attended the Seminoles’ camp in May. Opting to play for head coach Sue Semrau in Tallahassee, Brown credited FSU’s family-type atmosphere for sealing the deal.
“It just felt like home,” Brown said recently. “I’ve been going to their camps for a long time, it’s close to home. I’m really glad to have this decision behind me.”
Brown, who averaged 23 points per game as a junior, signed her letter of intent while being flanked by her parents, Don and Stephanie Brown.
“It’s nice to have the recruiting process behind us,” said Don Brown, who spoke briefly during the ceremony. “I can remember when she was 5 or 6 years old, and we’d be playing basketball in the backyard. I’d always block her shot, then she’d go inside and tell her mom on me. I was trying to make her tough, and now she’s put in all this work. This is a great day for us.”
For Brittany Brown, the chance to sign during the NCAA’s early-signing period offered the chance to get the formality out of the way in time to get ready for the bulk of her senior season.
“It’s nice to have it out of the way,” she said, “so now we can just go back to worrying about basketball.”