Marisha Brown Joins 2009-10 Jayhawk Women's Basketball Signing Class

Nov. 13, 2008


Kansas women’s basketball head coach Bonnie Henrickson announced the signing of Marisha Brown of Kansas City, Mo., Thursday. Brown, a 5-foot-9 guard, is the third player to join the 2009-2010 Jayhawk signing class as Henrickson collected signatures from forwards Annette Davis and Carolyn Davis on Wednesday.

“Having Marisha join our program is exciting,” said Henrickson. “She is a player with great skill, athleticism and basketball knowledge. In addition, its always nice to have an outstanding local player in our system.”

Brown is currently a sophomore at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith where she is coached by Louis Whorton. She transferred to UA Fort Smith following a standout freshman campaign at Missouri State. While at Missouri State, Brown played in all 30 games, starting 29 at the guard position. She turned in 8.2 points and 5.2 rebounds per game for the Lady Bears. For her efforts, Brown was named to the Missouri Valley Conference All-Freshman Team.

Prior to attending Missouri State, Brown wrapped up a standout prep career by averaging 19.4 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.5 steals per contest as a senior at Kansas City’s Center High in 2006-07. A four-year starter for the Yellowjackets, she was a first team all-conference pick in each of her four seasons at CHS, earning first team all-district honors twice and second team all-metro recognition as a senior. Brown set the school’s single-game scoring record (43 points) and led Center to a fourth-place Class 4 finish in 2004 as a freshman. A versatile all-around athlete, Brown also competed in volleyball and track and field for the Yellowjackets, helping Center’s 4×100 meter relay team capture the 2006 Missouri Class 3 state title. She was a National Honor Society inductee at Center.

“In Marisha we are gaining an experienced player with tremendous athletic ability,” said Henrickson. “She does so many things well. She is a great rebounder and is a kid who knows how to make a play on both ends of the floor.”

Kansas will officially open the 2008-09 season with a home game versus Sacred Heart on Friday, Nov. 14. Game time is slated for 7 p.m., in Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas Women’s Basketball 2009-10 Signing Class

Name, Ht., Pos., Hometown (Previous School)

Marisha Brown, 5-9, G, Kansas City, Mo. (Arkansas-Fort Smith)

Annette Davis, 6-1, F, Houston, Texas (Bellaire HS)

Carolyn Davis, 6-3, F, Houston, Texas (George Bush HS)